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

    Regional forecast for West Midlands

    Rain spreading northeastwards overnight. Becoming mostly dry by dawn.

    This Evening and Tonight:

    A mostly dry evening, but cloud will continue to thicken from the southwest with outbreaks of rain gradually spreading northeastwards overnight. Dry, clear conditions will follow into the west by dawn. Minimum Temperature 12C.

    Thursday:

    Dry and bright to start, with sunny spells developing. Perhaps turning cloudier later with some showery rain spreading eastwards during the afternoon. Many places staying dry though. Maximum Temperature 21C.

    Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

    Sunshine and showers or longer spells of rain on Friday and Saturday. Windy at first too, easing later on Friday. Mostly dry on Sunday, with bright or sunny spells.

    Issued at: 1700 on Wed 27 Aug 2014

    UK forecast for the next 5 days

    Rain in southwest, spreading northeastwards. Clearer conditions follow.

    This Evening and Tonight:

    Rain across the southwest will continue moving northeastwards overnight, becoming heavy at times in the west. Breezy near the rain, especially in the northwest with near gales. Clearer conditions across the far northeast and following into southwestern areas later.

    Thursday:

    Rain continuing northeastwards, affecting the Northern Isles by afternoon. Elsewhere largely dry with sunny spells, though a few showers likely, merging at times in the west. Windy, especially in northwest.

    Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

    A mix of sunshine and showers or longer spells of rain on Friday and Saturday. Winds easing Saturday. Sunday starting dry, but rain and strong winds returning into northwest later.

    Issued at: 1700 on Wed 27 Aug 2014

    Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

    UK Outlook for Monday 1 Sep 2014 to Wednesday 10 Sep 2014:

    Remaining generally unsettled on Monday with further outbreaks of rain, occasionally heavy in the far northwest with the risk of gales, spreading eastwards. Drier and brighter in the south though, with light winds. More settled conditions will gradually spread in from the west on Tuesday, with southern areas likely to see the best of the drier, brighter and warmer weather, whilst some northern parts could see a few showers but also some sunny intervals and light winds. Towards the end of the period, a return to more changeable conditions is likely, with northern and western areas in particular likely to see some rain at times. Temperatures will generally be near normal at first, though feeling chilly in strong winds on Monday, then gradually increase to a few degrees above average.

    UK Outlook for Thursday 11 Sep 2014 to Thursday 25 Sep 2014:

    During mid to late September most regions can expect to see periods of fine weather, with some warm sunshine at times. However, these fine periods may well be interspersed with occasional spells of cloudier, more unsettled conditions bringing showers or longer spells of rain. Northern and western parts are then probably most likely to see the most frequent bouts of unsettled weather, whilst southern and eastern parts should see the most prolonged fine and dry spells. Daytime temperatures are likely to be above average during fine weather leaving conditions feeling pleasantly warm. Nights, however, may well be on the chilly side. During any unsettled weather daytime temperatures are more likely to be near or below average leaving conditions feeling cool.

    Issued at: 1700 on Wed 27 Aug 2014

    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.