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Weather: Rain to continue overnight

BBC Weather Watchers

This wet weather is set to stay with us overnight, but it should clear up for most of us by tomorrow afternoon.

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Weather: Some rain forecast tomorrow

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There could be some rain about tomorrow.

Here's your forecast:

Weather forecast for the West Midlands

Yellow weather warnings for Shropshire and Staffordshire

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind in Staffordshire and parts of Shropshire.

Yellow weather warnings across Shropshire and Staffordshire
Met Office

It said very strong winds were expected which may cause some disruption across the region, particularly with public transport. There is also a risk of short-term power outages, it added.

Winds are expected to reach up to 50mph in some areas.

You can find Met Office updates here.

Hitachi wins £350m Avanti West Coast Trains contract

A £350m contract to build new trains for Avanti West Coast, which replaces Virgin Trains on the west coast route from Sunday, has been awarded to Hitachi.

Avanti West Coast train
PA Media

Twenty-three new intercity trains are expected to enter service from 2022.

The trains will be a mix of 10-carriage electric trains and 13 five-carriage bi-mode trains, which will switch from electric to diesel power where the railway is not electrified, such as in North Wales.

The electric trains will run between London, the West Midlands and Liverpool, while the bi-modes will serve the London to North Wales route.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a wet start it will be a mainly dry morning with a few bright spells and highs of 12C (54F).

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Showers ahead tonight

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

The weather's continuing to be unsettled tonight as it's set to be cloudy and windy with blustery showers:

Rebecca Wood

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

Moss Rose

Ian Dennis

BBC Radio 5 Live senior football reporter

The English Football League says Macclesfield Town will face disciplinary action if the club does not fulfil its fixture against Crewe on Saturday.

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Warning issued over foggy roads

BBC News Travel

There's some thick fog around this morning, with motorists being advised to take care.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a chilly start it will be a cloudy day with the odd shower and highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Staying dry into tonight

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

There could be some patches of fog around tonight but it'll be mainly dry:

Rebecca Wood

You can stay up-to-date with the weather in your area by going to the BBC Weather website at any other time.

A wrap up warm day

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Cold, dry and cloudy to start today and but sunny spells later.

Rich Davis

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

Thousands of children in temporary accommodation

Fourteen children become homeless every day across the region, the charity Shelter says.

Child
BBC

It said 7,370 children in the West Midlands are homeless and living in temporary accommodation.

The report looked at the impact of temporary accommodation like hostels and emergency bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) on families.

The charity's findings also suggest that homelessness is at its highest rate since 2006.

Shelter's findings only represent some of the children in Great Britain who are homeless. In England, there are thought to be a further 4470 homeless families who have found their own temporary accommodation.

Lagging for customers in pipe 'hotspot' areas

Severn Trent Water is to bring in extra resources to help repair leaks and burst pipes this winter.

Severn Trent sign
BBC

The company is providing free pipe lagging in areas of the region that it says are "hotspots" for leaky pipes.

It's also advising people to wrap pipework, fittings and storage tanks that are kept in unheated areas of the home .

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a misty start in some areas it will be a dry day with bright spells and highs of 7C (45F).

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It will be a dry, cold night with some mist and fog with lows of 0C (32F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a cold start it will be a dry and bright day with highs of 7C (45F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Fog likely to cause travel disruption

Fog is likely to cause some travel disruption overnight and into Saturday morning, the Met Office is warning.

Weather map
Met Office

The yellow warning is in place from 01:00 to 11:00 on Saturday.

Watch out for the frost and ice

Icy roads and pavements are likely to cause travel disruption.

Weather map
Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice for the West Midlands until 10:00.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a cold dry day with plenty of sunshine and highs of 6C (43F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Warning for ice issued

Icy roads and pavements are likely to cause travel disruption, the Met Office is warning.

Weather map
Met Office

Temperatures are set to drop overnight, with a yellow warning for ice in place for the whole of the West Midlands from 00:15 to 10:00 on Friday.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It should be a dry day with some sunny spells and highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Wet start to Wednesday night

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There'll showers around as we head into tonight but some areas should turn drier as the night goes on:

Rich Davis

Keep up-to-date with the latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

There will be some dry and clear spells later but feeling mild with lows of 7C (45F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

TSB to close more branches

BBC Business News

TSB has revealed it is to close 82 more branches next year with about 300-400 staff expected to be affected.

We don't know yet where those closures will be, but the details could be released as soon Thursday.

The Spanish-owned bank operates dozens of branches in the West Midlands, among 540 across the UK.

TSB branch
Getty Ima

Since 2015, it has closed eight branches in the region, five of them in Birmingham, alongside branches in Coventry, Wolverhampton and Walsall.

Birmingham's Priory branch is set to close next Monday.

However, unlike Birmingham, some smaller towns in the West Midlands have only one bank of any kind and small businesses have previously said losing services would have a huge impact.

The BBC understands those TSB branches that will close next year will be smaller and quieter ones.

The latest news is expected to save £100m by 2022 and TSB said it followed a trend of fewer customers using high street branches, and more using online - it said 2.5 million customers now use online banking.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

After a wet start it should be a dry and clear afternoon with highs of 11C (52F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a blustery night with some rain and lows of 6C (43F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Yellow warning for rain issued

Persistent rain could is likely to cause travel disruption to parts of the West Midlands on Saturday, the Met Office is warning.

Weather warning
Met Office

A yellow warning for rain is in place for the day starting at 04:00.

Police make 93 arrests in week-long operation

Police have made 93 arrests across Staffordshire over the course of the week and seized a number of cars, plus heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis.

The arrests included three men from Stoke-on-Trent suspected of online sexual offences and another three from the Fenton area on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

Staffordshire Police car
Staffordshire Police

The force said the aim of the arrests was to disrupt criminal activity and the operation had covered south Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be an unsettled day with some rain and highs of 9C (48F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry and windy day with highs of 6C (43F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Dry weather continue tonight

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Dry and breezy tonight but it will cloud over early tomorrow with the chance of the odd patch of mist:

Rich Davis

Keep up-to-date on the latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.