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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It should be another dry day with sunny spells, but also some cloud developing with highs of 27C (81F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Hour-long delays on M6 southbound

BBC News Travel

A multi-vehicle crash has closed two lanes of the M6 southbound between J5 and J6, in the West Midlands.

There are delays of about an hour on the approach from Walsall, said the Highways Agency.

Drivers are being advised to find an alternative route.

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J6 for A38 and J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M6 southbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a multi-vehicle accident and recovery work.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, at J4 for M42.

M6 Warwickshire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road to A446 and slow traffic northbound at J4, M42 (Coleshill), because of a vehicle fire.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A460 and J10 for A454.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J11, A460 (Cannock) and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Martin Guptill

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Worcestershire make it three wins from three T20 Blast matches, while Sussex and Kent also maintain 100% starts.

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Murder scene

The 65-year-old man had been dead for several days before he was discovered, police believe.

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Severe accident: A463 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

A463 West Midlands southbound severe accident, at A4123 Birmingham New Road.

A463 West Midlands - A463 in Bilston blocked and queuing traffic southbound at the A4123 Birmingham New Road junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, between J9 for A461 and J10 for A454.

M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M6 northbound between J9, A461 (Wednesbury) and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Birmingham burst water main leaves homes cut off
Several people had to be rescued by boat, while others took refuge upstairs.

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J2 for A4123 Oldbury and J1 for A41.

M5 West Midlands - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M5 northbound between J2, A4123 (Oldbury) and J1, A41 (West Bromwich), because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M54 Staffordshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Staffordshire westbound severe disruption, between J2 for A449 and J3 for A41.

M54 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M54 westbound between J2, A449 (Wolverhampton) and J3, A41 (Albrighton), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J4 for A38 Bromsgrove and J3 for A456 Halesowen.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) and J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Flooding in Wheeler Street., Birmingham

Cars are submerged and homes cut off as "one of the biggest" water mains in Birmingham bursts.

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Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J3A for M40 and J4 for A34.

M42 Warwickshire - Slow traffic and two lanes closed on M42 northbound between J3a M40 and J4, A34 (Shirley), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J6 for A38 and J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe accident, between J4 for M42 and J3 for A444.

M6 Warwickshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M6 southbound between J4, M42 (Coleshill) and J3, A444 (Nuneaton), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Tony Xia with Jack Grealish

Aston Villa are not up for sale but will consider minority investment, owner Tony Xia tells supporters of the Championship club.

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Joe Denly

Gary Smee

BBC Sport

Notts Outlaws captain Dan Christian smashes the second-fastest century in T20 Blast history in their victory over Northants.

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Part of motorway to close for 'emergency repairs'

A section of the M54, heading west between junction two for Wolverhampton and three for Cosford, will be closed from 20:00 on Friday to allow for repairs.

Highways England says it expects one lane to reopen at 08:00 on Saturday and is then planning another overnight closure between 20:00 and 08:00 on Sunday.

M54 at Cosford
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The work is being described as "emergency repairs" and diversions will be in place.

Temperatures expected to climb this weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

There could be some cooler weather on the way, but this weekend is forecast to be another hot one.

Here's the forecast...

Rebecca Wood with the weather forecast for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J4 for A34 and J3A for M40.

M42 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M42 southbound between J4, A34 (Shirley) and J3a M40, because of a broken down car.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

New retail development 'not the future' for town centre

Allen Cook

BBC News

A big new retail development in the middle of Sutton Coldfield is not the answer to regenerating the town centre, the local council says.

Middle of Sutton Coldfield
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The local authority has decided to put together a new town centre partnership to improve and revamp the area.

It says a report from consultants suggests Sutton Coldfield has been "very resilient" through some challenging times but it's not immune from ongoing difficulties in the retail sector.

However, the council says it's unlikely there will be a major new retail development "for the foreseeable future" and it'll look instead to improve the environment in the town centre, make it more accessible and better promote it.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A38 and J7 for A34 affecting J4A for M42.

M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M6 northbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a broken down lorry. Travel time is around 20 minutes. Congestion to J4a M42.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Harry Kane boy wins bravery 'World Cup'
Five-year-old England fan gets a familiar-looking trophy on his last day of chemotherapy.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J6 for A38 and J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, between J10A for M54 and J11 for A460.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 northbound between J10a M54 and J11, A460 (Cannock), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

More tickets released for Dippy the dinosaur's stay

More than 75,000 people have visited Dippy the dinosaur, during its current stay at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Dippy
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Dippy the diplodocus had been a resident at the Natural History Museum in London for more than 100 years, until recently standing guard at its entrance, but is now on a tour of the country.

More than 22,000 tickets were snapped up on the first day of release for the Birmingham stopover, and further free tickets have just been released which can be booked online here.

Timelapse footage of Dippy at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

The exhibition is in the city until September.

Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J6 for A45 Birmingham Airport and J5 for A41.

M42 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M42 southbound between J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport) and J5, A41 (Solihull), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J10A for M54 and J10 for A454.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 southbound between J10a M54 and J10, A454 (Wolverhampton), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

World Cup: England told to 'smash Sweden'
Primary schoolchildren in West Bromwich have sent a good luck message to the England team ahead of their World Cup quarter-final against Sweden.

Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J6 for A38 and J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M6 southbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J7A for M6 and J7 for M6.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M42 southbound between J7a M6 and J7 M6, because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time