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Issued at: 0900 on Wed 29 Jul 2015

Forecast summary

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

Regional forecast for West Midlands

Largely fine and dry with the odd shower.

Today:

It will be a fine and dry start to the day with some sunny spells breaking through the cloud. Showers will start to develop into the afternoon but these will be few and far between. Cool northerly breeze. Maximum Temperature 16°C.

Tonight:

There will be largely clear skies overnight, this will lead to temperatures in rural spots dipping down to single figures. Minimum Temperature 9°C.

Thursday:

Thursday will see dry conditions with sunny spells across the region with a northwesterly breeze. Maximum Temperature 16°C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Friday will be largely fine, before rain and showers move in from the northwest. Sunshine and isolated showers likely on Saturday, but turning cloudier with outbreaks of rain on Sunday.

Updated at: 0139 on Wed 29 Jul 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Plenty of dry and bright weather. Showers at times.

Today:

It will be largely dry with some good sunny spells breaking through across many parts today, particularly in the south. Further north there will be showers developing, which could be heavy and thundery in eastern England. Cool northerly breeze.

Tonight:

Showers will die out into this evening, leaving largely cloudy skies in the north but clearer spells in the south. It will be cool in places with temperatures dipping.

Thursday:

The weather will continue to improve into Thursday, with fewer showers around, these most likely to be in eastern England, and plenty of sunny intervals. Feeling more pleasant.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Friday will be fine, although showery rain will affect northwest later. Sunshine and showers, heavy across Scotland on Saturday, easing before more prolonged rain arrives from the west on Sunday.

Updated at: 0137 on Wed 29 Jul 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Sunday 2 Aug 2015 to Tuesday 11 Aug 2015:

Many places fine and dry on Sunday with some sunny spells, especially across central and eastern parts. Cloud and rain though is likely to move into western parts later, before making erratic progress east during Monday, although the southeast may stay dry, with just a small chance of a thunderstorm. Temperatures near normal for many, but perhaps becoming very warm in the southeast for a time. Thereafter, the changeable conditions are likely to continue, with the north most likely to see the most frequent spells of wind and rain, with southern areas seeing the best of any drier and settled weather. Temperatures are likely to be near or just below normal in the north, and most likely near normal in the south, however some warmer spells are possible at times.

UK Outlook for Wednesday 12 Aug 2015 to Wednesday 26 Aug 2015:

There are signals for a continuation of a north-south spilt in the weather during the middle of August. The north is likely to see the most frequent spells of wind and rain, with the best of the drier and more settled conditions in the south, although some outbreaks of rain are likely to reach here at times. Temperatures on the whole will be near or a little below average for the time of year, especially in the north, although in any settled spells of weather in the south temperatures may become rather warm at times.

Updated at: 1222 on Tue 28 Jul 2015

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Weather forecast map for Birmingham

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