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  • Wed Wednesday
    18°C 11°C
    Cloudy
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    17°C 12°C
    Cloudy
  • Fri Friday
    18°C 13°C
    Cloudy
  • Sat Saturday
    15°C 7°C
    Light shower day
  • Sun Sunday
    13°C 11°C
    Cloudy
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Issued at: 0600 on Wed 01 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

Often cloudy with patchy rain today. Clearer and chilly tonight.

Today:

There will be a fair amount of cloud and many places will be dry for much of the time. A few warm sunny spells are likely however, especially in the morning and patchy rain will spread southeastwards in the afternoon. Maximum Temperature 19C.

Tonight:

During the evening, it will become dry with mostly clear skies and light winds. As a result, many places will become chilly, with a rural grass frost and fog patches. Minimum Temperature 2C.

Thursday:

After a chilly and mostly sunny start, it will become cloudier through the morning and there could be an isolated shower in the afternoon. Maximum Temperature 17C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Friday, largely dry with some brightness. Winds strengthening Friday night, as a band of locally heavy rain moves southeastwards early on Saturday. Cooler and clearer conditions following, with some showers.

Issued at: 0500 on Wed 01 Oct 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Northern parts becoming sunnier, fresher. Elsewhere, cloudier with patchy rain.

Today:

Rather cloudy start with rain in places. Sunnier, fresher conditions spreading eastwards across Scotland and Northern Ireland through the day, but windy with showers in far northwest. Remaining fairly cloudy elsewhere with patchy rain, but some brighter, warmer spells likely.

Tonight:

Cloudy and mild night across southern England and Wales. Breezy and some showers for northwest Scotland. Elsewhere, clear periods and light winds giving a cold night with rural grass frosts.

Thursday:

After a cold start, Scotland and Northern Ireland mostly dry with sunny spells, but southwesterly winds strengthening. Cloudier across England and Wales with a few showers possible in the south.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Friday, wet and windy conditions across Scotland and Northern Ireland, moving southeastwards during Saturday and clearing southeast England later. Cooler, clearer conditions following, with frequent showers in west. Remaining breezy.

Issued at: 0500 on Wed 01 Oct 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Sunday 5 Oct 2014 to Tuesday 14 Oct 2014:

During the weekend and into the following week most places will be generally unsettled with showers or longer spells of rain, which are likely to be heavy at times, mainly across western and northern parts. There is also likely to be some drier and brighter interludes in between. Breezy at times, with a risk of gales in the north and west. Temperatures generally on the cool side, especially in the wet and windy spells. There will be a risk of local frost and fog patches developing where clear skies prevail and winds fall light during the nights, particularly across northern parts. Thereafter the unsettled conditions are likely to continue across most areas. However, it is possible that later in the period eastern and southeastern may become increasingly drier and brighter.

UK Outlook for Wednesday 15 Oct 2014 to Wednesday 29 Oct 2014:

Current indications now suggest that generally unsettled conditions are likely to affect many areas of the UK during this period, with spells of wet and windy weather. However these are likely to be interspersed with drier and clearer interludes, which will also bring an increasing risk of overnight frosts and fog patches, especially across northern parts. Daytime temperatures generally close to the seasonal average.

Issued at: 0500 on Wed 01 Oct 2014

Weather Map

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