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Forecast summary

  • Regional
  • UK 5 days
  • UK 6-30 days

Regional forecast for West Midlands

Mostly dry at first this week, but more unsettled later.

Today:

After a bright start in places, it will be a mostly dry but rather cloudy day. The odd spot of drizzle is possible, mainly in the north. Feeling rather cool in the north to northwesterly breeze. Maximum Temperature 14C.

Tonight:

Most places will have a dry night. It will stay rather cloudy in the west, although some clearer spells should develop towards the east. Mild. Minimum Temperature 9C.

Tuesday:

It will be largely dry on Tuesday. The morning could well be rather cloudy, although the afternoon should see some bright or sunny spells. Maximum Temperature 16C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Wednesday will be mostly dry and bright, but it will turn wet and windy later. Brighter skies will return with sunshine and blustery showers at the end of the week.

Updated at: 0221 on Mon 25 May 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Mostly fine at first this week. More unsettled later.

Today:

Northern and eastern areas will have sunny spells, although the north of Scotland will also see scattered showers. Elsewhere some brightness but thicker cloud with light rain or drizzle affecting parts of Northern Ireland, Wales and westernmost England.

Tonight:

Southeast Scotland and eastern parts of England will have clear spells. Elsewhere there will be more in the way of cloud, giving a few showers in the north and west.

Tuesday:

Northern and western Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland mostly cloudy with showers. The rest of the British Isles will be largely dry with bright or sunny spells developing.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Wednesday morning will be bright, with showers in the north. Wet and windy weather will spread eastwards across Britain later, clearing to sunshine and blustery showers for Thursday and Friday.

Updated at: 0201 on Mon 25 May 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Friday 29 May 2015 to Sunday 7 Jun 2015:

May is expected to end unsettled, with spells of rain interspersed by drier, brighter and more showery interludes. It may be rather windy, particularly in the northwest, with a risk of gales, and the bulk of the rainfall. Southern and eastern areas look best placed for the driest, brightest weather. Temperatures are likely to be below average in the northwest, but near average further south and east. Into June the signal for prevailing weather becomes fairly weak, but, on balance, unsettled conditions are considered more likely in the northwest at first, with slightly below average temperatures, and settled, warmer, conditions in the southeast. Towards the weekend these warmer more settled conditions are likely to spread to most of the country with a risk of showers in the south.

UK Outlook for Monday 8 Jun 2015 to Monday 22 Jun 2015:

There still remains considerable uncertainty in the likely weather type through this period. There is, however, a signal for higher pressure to become established to the north of the UK. This would lead to drier, warmer conditions for many, these perhaps most prolonged in the north, but it may also allow some more unsettled, perhaps thundery, weather to move up from continental Europe and affect the south of the country.

Updated at: 1206 on Sun 24 May 2015

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Weather forecast map for Birmingham

Birmingham Birmingham – Cloudy 52.4859 -1.889
Banbury Banbury – Cloudy 52.0625 -1.3383
Stoke-on-Trent Stoke-on-Trent – Overcast 53.0024 -2.178
Nottingham Nottingham – Cloudy 52.9545 -1.1565
Hereford Hereford – Cloudy 52.056 -2.7146
Milton Keynes Milton Keynes – Cloudy 52.0382 -0.7555
Newtown (Powys) Newtown (Powys) – Cloudy 52.5118 -3.3118
Wrexham Wrexham – Overcast 53.0428 -2.9911
Sheffield Sheffield – Cloudy 53.3809 -1.4686
Swindon Swindon – Cloudy 51.5556 -1.7784
Peterborough Peterborough – Cloudy 52.569 -0.2388
Manchester Manchester – Cloudy 53.479 -2.2465
Lincoln Lincoln – Overcast 53.2304 -0.539
Reading Reading – Partly cloudy night 51.4523 -0.9724
Boston Boston – Cloudy 52.9786 -0.0249
Cambridge Cambridge – Sunny intervals 52.2075 0.124
Cardiff Cardiff – Partly cloudy night 51.4812 -3.1778
Leeds Leeds – Cloudy 53.8011 -1.547
Aberystwyth Aberystwyth – Cloudy 52.415 -4.0817
Preston Preston – Cloudy 53.763 -2.7017

Location Details

Birmingham

Location: 52.4859, -1.889

Altitude: 120m above mean sea level

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Birmingham information

Birmingham is situated in the West Midlands and considered to be the UK's "second city", boasting a population of more than one million people. It was the fastest growing city of the 19th Century and played a large part in Britain's Industrial Revolution.

Throughout its history, Birmingham boasted large textiles, leather working and iron working industries. Industrial expansion in the city was driven largely by innovation, and small workshops, rather than large factories, were at the heart of Birmingham's economy until the end of the 19th Century. By 1760 Birmingham was the centre of Britain's canal system and the city is famed for having more miles of canal than the city of Venice.

The economic prosperity of the city meant that two of the UK's most prominent banks, Lloyds and Midlands Bank (now HSBC) were founded in Birmingham. Famous businessman John Cadbury, founder of Cadbury's, opened his first store selling chocolate in 1824, followed soon after by a factory on Crooked Lane in 1831.

After the Second World War, migration to the UK saw Birmingham become one of the UK's most multicultural cities. The city is renowned for its excellent curry houses, particularly those in the 'Balti Triangle'. Balti is a type of curry with Pakistani and Kashmiri origins, but which expanded rapidly in Birmingham during the 1980s, becoming a celebrated local dish.

The mix of cultures in the city has created a thriving art scene, and Birmingham is thought to be the birthplace of heavy metal music. Bands such as Black Sabbath (fronted by Ozzy Osbourne), Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin are local to the area.

Sport is also a key part of 'Brummie' lifestyle, with both Aston Villa, who play at Villa Park, and Birmingham City, who play at St Andrew's Stadium, representing the city. International Test cricket is also a regular feature at Edgbaston in the south of the city.

Despite its economy of Birmingham traditionally being dependent on manufacturing, the retail and service industries have grown rapidly post-war. Facilities such as The National Exhibition Centre and the International Conference Centre mean that Birmingham plays host to nearly half of the UK's exhibition and conference trade. In 2003 the Bullring shopping centre was opened and houses over 160 shops right in the city centre.

Last updated: 10 April 2015