West Midlands extremes
|Highest maximum temperature||Shobdon||26.3|
|Lowest maximum temperature||Leek||23.9|
|Lowest minimum temperature||Wellesbourne||11.2|
|Highest maximum temperature||Solent||29.9|
|Lowest maximum temperature||Fair Isle||15.7|
|Lowest minimum temperature||Shap||7.0|
|Highest rainfall||Lough Fea||1.0|
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Lowest maximum temperature - (0900 to 2100 on the date shown)
Lowest minimum temperature - (2100 on the previous day to 0900 on the date shown)
Highest rainfall -(2100 on the previous day to 2100 on the date shown)
Sunniest - (2100 on the previous day to 2100 on the date shown)
Issued at: 0002 on Wed 23 Jul 2014
Location: 52.4859, -1.889
Altitude: 120m above mean sea level
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.