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    Forecast Summary

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

    Regional forecast for West Midlands

    Cloudier with showery rain spreading east, heavy at times.

    This Evening and Tonight:

    Generally dry with light winds and clear spells for most, allowing localised mist patches to possibly form later in the night. However, cloud increasing from the west towards dawn with some showers possible. Minimum Temperature 13C.

    Friday:

    Becoming increasingly cloudy from the west throughout the morning with showery rain spreading eastwards, this perhaps turning heavy at times through the afternoon. Drier and brighter in the east. Maximum Temperature 22C.

    Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

    Rain, heavy at times, on Saturday. Windy with rain clearing north on Sunday, drier and brighter later. Dry with sunny spells and winds easing on Monday, showers possible later.

    Issued at: 1700 on Thu 31 Jul 2014

    UK forecast for the next 5 days

    Sunny spells and showers, locally heavy. Drier towards the southeast.

    This Evening and Tonight:

    Showers will continue to affect the northern and western areas overnight, but easing and becoming mainly dry elsewhere, with clear spells developing. Winds will also be mainly light, possibly allowing some localised mist patches to form, particularly in the south.

    Friday:

    Showers and brighter spells for many areas, showers merging into longer spells of rain for parts of Wales and southwest England later. Southeastern England will stay largely dry and warm.

    Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

    Rain, heavy at times, moving northeast Saturday, drier in the southeast. Drier in the south Sunday, but cloudier with rain, and windy, in north. Generally drier with winds easing Monday.

    Issued at: 1700 on Thu 31 Jul 2014

    Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

    UK Outlook for Tuesday 5 Aug 2014 to Thursday 14 Aug 2014:

    Rain, heavy at times, is likely over western parts early Tuesday, slowly moving east and easing through the day. Further rain is likely in the west on Wednesday, also moving east and easing, but brining strengthening winds to all parts. Remaining predominantly unsettled into the weekend, wettest in the northwest but with a low risk of thundery showers in the south and east at times. Conditions then most likely to become more settled in the south until the end of the period, with more in the way of drier and brighter conditions developing across the south and east. Temperatures generally near normal, but often warm towards the south and east. Winds generally light to moderate for most, but perhaps locally strong in the northwest at times.

    UK Outlook for Friday 15 Aug 2014 to Friday 29 Aug 2014:

    With no particularly strong signals regarding weather patterns over the UK during the latter part of August, conditions are more likely than not to be close to climatology. As such most regions can expect to see periods of fine weather with some sunshine interspersed by occasional spells of more changeable conditions with showers or rain. Northern and western parts are perhaps most likely to see the most frequent bouts of unsettled weather leaving southern parts with the most prolonged fine spells. Daytime temperatures are then likely to often be above average during fine spells.

    Issued at: 1700 on Thu 31 Jul 2014

    Location Details

    Birmingham

    Location: 52.4859, -1.889

    Altitude: 120m above mean sea level

    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.