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    14°C 13°C
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    14°C 7°C
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    13°C 10°C
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    13°C 11°C
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    15°C 12°C
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Sunrise: 06:54 Sunset: 16:48 Moon phase: Waxing crescent 2 Daily air quality index*
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Issued at: 1100 on Thu 23 Oct 2014

* Daily index representing the background and regional air quality for a chosen location. Air pollution levels close to roads in urban areas may be higher. For more information please visit our Daily Air Quality Index page.

Forecast Summary

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

Regional forecast for West Midlands

Milder but rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain.

Today:

A rather cloudy day with outbreaks of rain pushing in from the west, with the best of the limited bright spells to the lee of the hills. Milder than Wednesday, but it may be a little breezy at times. Maximum Temperature 15C.

Tonight:

Overnight it should remain mild with further outbreaks of rain or drizzle. There will be some dry spells, but it will remain rather cloudy, with some low cloud. Minimum Temperature 10C.

Friday:

A zone of wet weather with some persistent and possibly heavy rain will spread eastwards through the morning. Drier and much brighter conditions should follow for the afternoon. Maximum Temperature 15C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Over the weekend it should be largely dry with some bright of sunny spells. Outbreaks of rain are likely on Monday. Becoming breezy with temperatures generally rather above normal.

Issued at: 0500 on Thu 23 Oct 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Some brightness, but outbreaks of rain for many. Milder.

Today:

A milder but rather cloudy day for most, with occasional rain almost anywhere. More persistent rain over west/northwest Scotland, this edging towards central Britain later. A few brighter interludes in the south/east, and the far northwest later.

Tonight:

Mild for many; further rain and low cloud in southern and central areas. Clearer but breezy weather should edge south across the northwest, into central parts by dawn.

Friday:

Some early rain in the southeast, with a further zone of rain, occasionally heavy, spreading eastwards across England and Wales. Much brighter weather following but showers for northwestern coasts.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Showers or rain in the northwest, possibly thundery. More in the way of drier weather elsewhere; brightest towards the south and east. Generally mild, but windy, especially towards the northwest.

Issued at: 0500 on Thu 23 Oct 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Tuesday 28 Oct 2014 to Thursday 6 Nov 2014:

A band of cloud and rain over the northwest is expected to move southeastwards across the UK on Tuesday, clearing the far southeast by Wednesday morning. Brighter conditions should follow, however there are likely to be some showers too. These may be heavy and thundery in the north where it will probably be windy with local gales. A north-south split looks most likely to develop thereafter. Windy and unsettled conditions are likely in the north, with the best of the drier weather in the south, although there may be some rain here at times. Temperatures will generally be near normal, although feeling cold in strong winds and rain. Pressure may build further over the south into the start of November, bringing a risk of overnight frost and fog.

UK Outlook for Thursday 6 Nov 2014 to Thursday 20 Nov 2014:

The main signal is for a continuation of a north-south split during the second week of November. During this period, the generally westerly flow is likely to bring spells of wet and windy weather, mostly affecting northern and some western areas, but perhaps reaching other areas as well interspersed with drier intervals. However southern and some eastern areas will probably see more in the way of drier and settled conditions increasing the likelihood of seeing some sunshine, but also the risk of frost, mist and fog overnight, the latter of which could be slow to clear. After this it looks like unsettled weather will spread to much of the UK. Daytime temperatures will probably be near or a little above normal, although feeling cooler during any wet and windy spells.

Issued at: 0500 on Thu 23 Oct 2014

Weather Map

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