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Issued at: 1100 on Tue 04 Aug 2015

Forecast summary

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

Regional forecast for West Midlands

Rather cloudy and breezy today.

Today:

A predominantly dry but cloudy day is expected, with just occasional light showers in places. It'll become increasingly breezy around the middle of the day, particularly over high ground. Some late bright or sunny intervals are likely. Maximum Temperature 19°C.

Tonight:

Largely dry through the evening, though clouding over again with some showery rain likely during the early hours. It'll stay mild, and winds will slowly ease. Minimum Temperature 12°C.

Wednesday:

Mainly fine at first with sunny spells and the odd shower. An area of showery rain will move eastwards later in the day though, heavy in places. Breezy at times. Maximum Temperature 20°C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Often cloudy at first Thursday with showery rain clearing eastwards to sunny spells. Mainly dry Friday and Saturday with some warm sunny periods. Much less breezy than recently.

Updated at: 0406 on Tue 04 Aug 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Windy today, with showery rain in the north and west.

Today:

Showery rain will affect many northern and western areas, heavy in places, especially this morning. Drier in the south and east with some warm sunny spells. Rather windy, with gales in the northwest.

Tonight:

Showers or rain will continue to affect many northern and western parts, also spreading into the southwest. Drier elsewhere and staying mild. Southerly winds will ease.

Wednesday:

Further showery rain, mainly in the west at first, but spreading increasingly north and eastwards. The best sunshine in the southeast, though showers probably developing here too, perhaps thundery. Breezy.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Much less breezy by Thursday, though staying generally changeable into Friday with a mix of sunny spells and showers or spells of rain. Mainly fine on Saturday.

Updated at: 0431 on Tue 04 Aug 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Sunday 9 Aug 2015 to Tuesday 18 Aug 2015:

Sunday will be mainly dry, bright and warm in the south, while northern and central areas will be rather cloudy with showers or longer spells of rain at times. It will also be windy in the north especially in the northwest, where gales are possible in exposed areas. A similar theme will prevail thereafter, with the north and west having the more unsettled, wetter, windier conditions, although there will be some drier, brighter interludes here at times. The south, meanwhile, will see a good deal of dry, bright weather throughout the period, albeit with a small chance of cloudier intervals. Temperatures will range from near normal in the north and northwest, to warm, or very warm at times, in the south and southeast.

UK Outlook for Wednesday 19 Aug 2015 to Wednesday 2 Sep 2015:

Southern and eastern parts will continue to see the best of any dry and bright spells, with northern areas likely to see more in the way of cloudier, showery weather. However, the north is also likely to see some spells of more settled, drier and brighter weather and the south could still see the occasional brief showery interlude. Temperatures will generally be near normal in the north, but could be locally warm in any brighter periods. The south will generally be warm, with some periods of very warm weather possible.

Updated at: 0431 on Tue 04 Aug 2015

Weather map

Tue 1300

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) – Heavy rain 52.5118 -3.3118
Wrexham Wrexham – Cloudy 53.0428 -2.9911
Sheffield Sheffield – Cloudy 53.3809 -1.4686
Swindon Swindon – Overcast 51.5556 -1.7784
Peterborough Peterborough – Cloudy 52.569 -0.2388
Manchester Manchester – Light rain 53.479 -2.2465
Lincoln Lincoln – Overcast 53.2304 -0.539
Reading Reading – Cloudy 51.4523 -0.9724
Boston Boston – Cloudy 52.9786 -0.0249
Cambridge Cambridge – Cloudy 52.2075 0.124
Cardiff Cardiff – Light shower day 51.4812 -3.1778
Leeds Leeds – Cloudy 53.8011 -1.547
Aberystwyth Aberystwyth – Light rain 52.415 -4.0817
Preston Preston – Overcast 53.763 -2.7017

Location Details

Birmingham

Location: 52.4859, -1.889

Altitude: 0m 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