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Issued at: 1400 on Tue 26 May 2015

Forecast summary

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

Regional forecast for West Midlands

Largely clear skies overnight, rain spreading in on Wednesday.

This Evening and Tonight:

Some late sunshine as cloud will tend to break up through the evening. Staying dry overnight with patchy cloud and light winds. Turning fairly chilly, particularly in more rural areas. Minimum Temperature 4C.

Wednesday:

Cloud increasing through the morning although with some brightness at first. Strengthening winds and thickening cloud bringing patchy rain in from the west through the late afternoon and evening. Maximum Temperature 17C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Rain clearing with sunshine and showers following on Thursday and staying windy. Breezy with showery conditions on Friday. Sunny start, rain in the south later on Saturday. Rather cool throughout.

Updated at: 1445 on Tue 26 May 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Mostly fine at first, becoming more unsettled from Thursday.

This Evening and Tonight:

Breezy and showery across western Scotland. Elsewhere, some good cloud breaks forming with lighter winds. Overnight, clear skies bring the risk of local fog patches to the southwest, and chilly conditions for many with rural grass frost forming locally.

Wednesday:

Showers in the northwest, but elsewhere mostly dry through the morning, bright in the southeast. Thickening cloud and strengthening winds, with rain developing across many central and western areas later.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Blustery showers in most places on Thursday and Friday, accompanied by strong winds in the north. Isolated showers in Scotland and rain in the southwest on Saturday. Rather cool throughout.

Updated at: 1444 on Tue 26 May 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Sunday 31 May 2015 to Tuesday 9 Jun 2015:

Rather unsettled conditions at first with spells of rain interspersed by drier, brighter and more showery interludes. It may be rather windy, particularly in the northwest, with the bulk of the rainfall also here. Southern and eastern areas look best placed for the driest, brightest weather. Temperatures are likely to be below average across the country, but particularly in the northwest. By midweek, unsettled conditions are considered likely to continue in the northwest, with slightly below average temperatures, but more settled, warmer, conditions may start to build in the south. Towards the end of the week these warmer, more settled conditions look likely to spread north to most of the country although perhaps with a risk of showers in the south.

UK Outlook for Wednesday 10 Jun 2015 to Wednesday 24 Jun 2015:

There is some uncertainty in the likely weather type through this period, however there is a signal for higher pressure to become established to the north of the UK. This would lead to drier, warmer conditions for many, these perhaps most prolonged across the north, but it may also allow some more unsettled, perhaps thundery, weather to move up from continental Europe and affect the south of the country. This trend looks like it may continue into the third week of June with drier than average conditions in the north, however some unsettled spells are also likely to push in from the west at times, as well some thundery outbreaks also coming up from the south.

Updated at: 1230 on Tue 26 May 2015

Weather map

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Weather forecast map for Birmingham

Birmingham Birmingham – Overcast 52.4859 -1.889
Banbury Banbury – Cloudy 52.0625 -1.3383
Stoke-on-Trent Stoke-on-Trent – Cloudy 53.0024 -2.178
Nottingham Nottingham – Cloudy 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 – Cloudy 53.0428 -2.9911
Sheffield Sheffield – Cloudy 53.3809 -1.4686
Swindon Swindon – Cloudy 51.5556 -1.7784
Peterborough Peterborough – Cloudy 52.569 -0.2388
Manchester Manchester – Cloudy 53.479 -2.2465
Lincoln Lincoln – Cloudy 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 – Cloudy 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