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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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    16°C 12°C
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Sunrise: 06:56 Sunset: 16:46 Moon phase: Waxing crescent 3 Daily air quality index*
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Issued at: 1300 on Fri 24 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

Cloud and rain slowly clearly eastwards, with some late sunshine.

Today:

Cloudy with outbreaks of locally heavy rain through the morning, but this should gradually pull away to the east, leaving much brighter conditions to end the day. Fairly mild once again. Maximum Temperature 16C.

Tonight:

A dry night, with some lengthy clear periods, especially at first. Coupled with light winds, this will allow it to turn fairly chilly in sheltered rural areas. Minimum Temperature 5C.

Saturday:

After a locally chilly start, it will be a predominantly dry and bright day, although an isolated fleeting shower cannot be ruled out. Becoming quite breezy in the north. Maximum Temperature 15C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Breezy with occasional bright spells, but often rather cloudy on Sunday and Monday. Rain will arrive from the northwest later in the day on Tuesday, but with winds falling lighter.

Issued at: 0500 on Fri 24 Oct 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Rain clearing from the southeast. Blustery showers in the northwest.

Today:

Cloudy with bands of locally heavy rain across much of England and Wales, clearing erratically from the southeast by evening. Clearer conditions following on, but plenty of showers in the far northwest, where also very windy.

Tonight:

Frequent showers continuing across the northwest, rattling through on strong southwesterly winds. Elsewhere, mainly dry, with some clear spells, especially across central and eastern areas.

Saturday:

Showers, driven on by strong to gale force winds, will continue to affect western Scotland. Less windy and showery elsewhere, with the best of the sunshine across eastern areas.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Very wet and windy in the northwest on Sunday and Monday, with rain then spreading southeastwards on Tuesday. Drier further to the south, though some drizzly outbreaks are possible. Mild.

Issued at: 0500 on Fri 24 Oct 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Wednesday 29 Oct 2014 to Friday 7 Nov 2014:

A slow moving band of rain over the central parts on Wednesday is expected to slowly weaken. To the north, largely fine with sunny spells after a chilly start. Dull, damp and mild to the south with occasional drizzle. Brighter across southern parts on Thursday with sunny spells. However, rain and strong winds are likely to extend into northwestern areas, before reaching central parts by the end of the day. A north-south split looks most likely to predominate thereafter with the most frequent bouts of wind and rain likely in the north and northwest, with the best of the drier weather in the south and southeast; although there is likely to be some rain here at times. Temperatures generally near normal, although feeling cold in strong winds and rain.

UK Outlook for Saturday 8 Nov 2014 to Saturday 22 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, this 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 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 Fri 24 Oct 2014

Weather Map

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