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  1. Weather: Another sunny morning

    Today, it is set to be a dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine in the morning. In the afternoon, patchy cloud will develop in places, but it should remain dry.

    Gentle winds. Highs of 18C to 21C (64F to 70F).

    This evening, plenty of sunny spells are expected. Clouds will move in from the north west overnight with the chance of the odd shower or spell of rain. Lows of 12C to 15C (54F to 59F).

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    Video caption: Latest weather forecast
  2. Bees and butterflies boost through creation of new meadows

    Seven hectares of wildflower meadows are to be created in Warwickshire.

    They will span five farms in the county and help link up other landscapes populated by bees and butterflies, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust says.

    Up to 98% of meadows that existed in the UK in the 1930s has been lost and the grassland can support a huge range of wildlife including wildflowers, fungi, beetles, spiders, reptiles and small mammals.


    The work will go ahead after the trust secured funding from Severn Trent.

    Ian Jelley, director of living landscapes at the trust, said: "Wildflower meadows are now some of the rarest wildlife habitats in our area, home to a range of species threatened with extinction.

    "The idea for the project came from the farmers themselves who wanted to do more for wildlife on their farms.

    "Severn Trent have provided the financial support and we’re now going to support the farmers to create new magnificent meadows."

  3. Weather: Cloudy but dry

    BBC Weather

    Rather cloudy today but mainly dry with just the chance of an odd spell of rain pushing in from the south through this afternoon. Feeling cooler with a high of 17C (63F).

    Image caption: This morning in Bridgnorth, Shropshire

    Staying mainly cloudy with the odd spell of rain tonight. Low: 9C/48F.

    You can get a latest forecast for your area at any time by going to the BBC Weather website.

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    Video caption: Leamington poppy field delights photographers and residents

    Leamington poppy field provides a red sea of colour.

  5. Parents urged to keep A&E visits for emergencies only

    BBC Radio CWR

    Doctors are urging parents only to bring children to A&E in Coventry if it is an emergency.

    The team at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire said they are seeing families with minor ailments like sunburn and hay fever.

    Staff said they can see up to 140 children a day, levels usually only recorded at peak winter times, but only 10% need to be admitted.

    The university hospital

    Karen McLachlan, the hospital's clinical lead for children added it is important to come only when a child is very unwell.

    "Babies with a high fever, a non-blanching rash, any broken bones we absolutely want to see people, we want to see those children and treat them appropriately and as quickly as possible," she said.

    "But there are some children who don't need to be in the department and who could be better managed elsewhere."

  6. Warwick Folk Festival cancelled

    Warwick Folk Festival will not take place this year, organisers have announced.

    It is with "huge regret" the event has been postponed until July 2022, it said.

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    The decision had "not been taken lightly," it added, "but with the current situation, our absolute priority is the safety of our staff, artists, traders, audience and the local community."

    Tickets can be transferred to next year's festival.

  7. Weather: A grey start across the West Midlands

    BBC Weather

    A change from all the sunshine today, with much cooler and soggier conditions across the region.

    Find your forecast here.

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    Video caption: A band of rain heads into the West Midlands from the east.
  8. Live updates for the West Midlands

    Welcome to the start of our live service for Friday.

    We’ll be bringing you all the latest updates for the West Midlands.

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  9. West Midlands forecast: Scattered showers before turning drier

    BBC Weather

    Today is forecast to be mainly cloudy with scattered showers or spells of rain before turning drier this evening. High: 19C (66F).

    A yellow weather warning for thunderstorms is in place from the Met Office until 19:00 on Thursday with the area affected covering part of Warwickshire.

    Area affected by weather warning

    Tonight is expected to be dry with clear spells before turning cloudier towards dawn. Low: 13C (55F).

    You can stay up-to-date on the weather for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

  10. Mum takes medical cannabis fight to the PM

    Alfie Dingley's family is among those taking their campaign for better access to medicinal cannabis to the prime minister today

    Hannah Deacon's son Alfie was the first in the country to be prescribed cannabis on the NHS, to treat severe epilepsy.

    She is today delivering a letter to number 10 after only three prescriptions have been issued on the health service in the three years since.

    Hannah Deacon and Alfie Dingley

    Mrs Deacon, from Kenilworth in Warwickshire, wants government-funded research to look at real-life evidence of the medicine's effectiveness.

    She said the medicine should be available to everyone who needs it after it had a huge impact on her son.

    "He was suffering so much, spent a huge amount of time in hospital," she said.

    "Now he is able to access schooling, he is able to make friends, he is able to learn, and I want to see that made being made available to all families like ours."