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Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be dry but cloudy this morning.

The cloud should break by the afternoon to allow sunny spells to develop, and it will feel fairly warm with temperatures of 22 to 25C (72 to 77F).

Expect lots of sunshine and warm temperatures over the weekend too, as it hits highs of 28C (82F) on Sunday.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a cloudy morning with the odd spot of rain possible - but the cloud should break up to give some sunny spells this afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 19 to 22C (66 to 72F).

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

There will be a good deal of dry and bright weather with sunny spells today, although a few light showers may move in from the south west from time to time.

Patchy rain tonight will slowly fade tomorrow.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Ten measles cases confirmed in region

Sandish Shoker

BBC News

Public Health England (PHE) has said it is currently aware of 10 cases of measles across the East Midlands, including a confirmed case in Loughborough yesterday.

The statistics come as it was revealed 7,000 young children in the region are not fully up-to-date with routine immunisations.

In the UK, the first dose of the MMR vaccine, which protects against Measles, Mumps and Rubella, is given to infants at 12 months and a second dose before school at three years old, which is needed for children to be considered fully protected.

MMR vaccine
Reuters

PHE said 2,000 five-year-olds in the region still needed their first dose of the MMR vaccine, leaving them "significantly more at risk" than other pupils.

Meanwhile, thousands more still need their second dose or pre-school booster.

Dr Vanessa MacGregor, from PHE East Midlands, said: "It's a real concern so many young children in our region could be starting school without the full protection that the NHS offers for free."

She said they had particular concerns about children not being protected against measles which had seen outbreaks in the East Midlands in the past year.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

There will be a good deal of fine and dry weather with sunny spells today, although there is just the small chance of the odd shower developing in the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F).

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

There will be a mix of sunshine and heavy showers today, which may turn thundery at times.

It will become dry and clear tonight though. Maximum temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F).

Unemployment in East Midlands at 4.3%

BBC News

Unemployment in the East Midlands was 4.3% in the three months ending June 2019.

The UK’s unemployment rate edged up slightly to 3.9%. Employment was estimated at 76.1%, the joint highest since comparative records began in 1971.

Wage growth also picked up to 3.9%, the highest rate for 11 years, however figures released last week showed the economy shrank 0.2% in the second quarter, the first fall since 2012.

Employment
BBC

Visit Uganda bird statue was 'promotional stunt'

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

Can you spot the difference?

Visit Uganda UK has said a statue of their native Shoebill - placed at Rutland Water - was a "promotional stunt".

People standing next to a statue of a Shoebill
Visit Uganda UK

The statue caught the eye of many visiting the site over the weekend but the tourism board confirmed the hoax in a tweet.

They added the stunt was for the upcoming British Birdwatching Fair at the nature reserve.

Shoebill
Reuters

The Shoebill are endangered birds and usually inhabit freshwater swamps.

They can grow up to 1.5 metres (5ft) tall and its wings can spread up to 2.5 metres (8ft).

More homes affected by ongoing power cut

East Midlands Today

Western Power say there are 30,500 homes without power in the Matlock area.

There are also 7,500 homes without power in Oakham and 1,500 in Leicester.

It’s thought the problem will be fixed by around 18:00.

The failure is believed to be due to issues with the National Grid network.

Power cables
PA

Posters claiming Rutland is getting nuclear reactor are NOT true

Samantha Fisher

BBC News Online

Residents are being reassured that posters claiming there are plans for a nuclear reactor in Rutland are NOT true.

View more on twitter

Man arrested over theft of dead teen's wallet

A 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of theft from a man from Rutland whose body was found in a river in York earlier this year.

Sonny Ferry
North Yorkshire Police

Sonny Ferry, 19, disappeared in the River Foss in the early hours of 13 April. His body was found the following day.

It later emerged his bank card had been used several times on the day he was found.

Officers investigating Mr Ferry’s death, which is not being treated as suspicious, are still trying to establish the whereabouts of his wallet.

It's s described as dark in colour with a Velcro fastening, and wasn’t with Mr Ferry when his body was recovered.

Police say a man of no-fixed address has been arrested and released under investigation while inquiries continue.

Watch: Today’s weather for the East Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

A yellow weather warning is in force for heavy rain, with gusty and thundery conditions expected.

Weather: Heavy rain and possible thunderstorms

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

We can expect flash floods and possible thunderstorms in the East Midlands this evening and overnight.

Low pressure will lead to heavy, sporadic showers this evening and into tomorrow morning like we have seen throughout most of the day.

Yellow thunderstorm warnings have been issued across the region tonight.

Weather
BBC

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Showers are expected today and a yellow warning for thunderstorms is in force.

Watch: Today’s weather for the East Midlands

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be a warm and bright day, but the rain is set to return very soon.

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The East Midlands weather records that could go

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It's clearly going to be hot today - but is it going to be the hottest?

Temperatures are set to push 35C in some parts, so let's have a look at the current record highs for the region.

Flower
Mark Hallam

In Leicestershire, the University of Leicester recorded 35.1C on its campus on 9 August 2003.

The Derbyshire village of Coton-in-the-elms baked in 34.1C on 19 July 2006.

But it was in Nottinghamshire that the East Midlands' hottest temperature was reached, with a sizzling 36.1C recorded in Clarborough on 3 August 1990.

So we may get a record for July, and for Leicestershire and Derbyshire, but it seems unlikely today will beat the overall record.

Yellow weather warning for thunderstorms

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Enjoy the show last night?

Well, you might be in luck - the Met Office is warning more thunderstorms could be on their way.

The warning is in place for most of the east of the UK - including all of the East Midlands - from 15:00 tomorrow to 04:00 on Friday.

Weather warning map
Met Office

Weather: Overnight thunderstorm warning

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

It might be glorious outside now but a storm is brewing over the East Midlands.

Map of thunderstorm
BBC

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for thunderstorms from 18:00 this evening until 09:00 tomorrow.

It says: "Scattered thunderstorms moving north tonight and early Wednesday could lead to some power cuts and travel delays."

Toxic algae forces water park closure

Amy Woodfield

BBC News

The inflatable Aqua Park and beach at Rutland Water will be closed this weekend after increased levels of blue green algae were detected.

Anglian Water said routine test results have shown increased levels of the bacteria in parts of the reservoir.

Rutland Water
Pete

Blue-green algae is toxic and can cause illness in humans and even lead to death in animals.

Aqua Park Rutland has said it is working closely with Anglian Water to monitor the situation and will reopen once algae levels return to normal.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We can expect a rainy afternoon with the possibility of thunderstorms later on. Temperatures will drop a bit compared to earlier in the week.

East Midlands Trains strike action to go ahead

Sonia Kataria

BBC News

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has confirmed industrial action on East Midlands Trains (EMT) will go ahead as planned from this Saturday.

Members will strike on 20 July, 27 July and 3 August due to concerns over pay discrimination and contract issues.

East Midlands Trains
PA Media

The union remains available for talks but it takes two to tango. No-one should underestimate the resilience and ‎determination of our EMT members to see justice."

Mick CashRMT general secretary

East Midlands Trains has said trains to and from London will run as scheduled.

However, the operator said some services on local routes will be affected and has advised customers to check their journey times before travelling.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A hazy start to the day will give way to blue skies and sunny spells in the afternoon.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

We can expect a cloudy start to the day which is expected to clear by this afternoon giving us sunny spells across the East Midlands.

Here's Rich Davis with the forecast.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There will be cloudy skies with some rain in the morning, but as the afternoon progresses, the rain will become more showery with sunny intervals. Maximum temperatures of 20 to 23C.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

There is still some cloud around first thing, but it should brighten up as we head into the afternoon and it will be another warm day.

High UV levels and pollen count again too.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It will be dry with spells of sunshine today, feeling rather warm in the afternoon but with some gentle winds.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A lovely sunny day with a light variable breeze today. It will feel warm in the sunshine with highs of 21C.

There are high UV levels too and a very high pollen count today.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It will be dry with spells of sunshine this morning but cloud is expected to build widely by the afternoon.

It's going to be warm today, particularly in the sunshine with only some gentle winds.

Patient attacks paramedic in ambulance
An ambulance worker had his hair pulled out as he was assaulted inside his ambulance in Nottingham.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

It's not the soaring temperatures we saw on Saturday, and it will be cloudy today, but there will be some spots of brightness. Highs of 19C.

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

Here comes the sun (finally)!

New 999 centre could lead to better response times

Response times to 999 calls could be improved thanks to all three emergency services working under one roof in Lincolnshire, fire chiefs say.

Fire engines and ambulances
BBC

Fire and ambulance crews have begun moving into a £21m building on South Park in Lincoln, and police officers are due to move into the centre later this year.

It's the first combined fire, ambulance and police station in the country.

We've seen it already at Sleaford and Louth where the operational crews from fire and EMAS have been working together for sometime. You can see on the ground the improvement in operational procedures when we attend things like road traffic accidents, for example.

Tim JoyceArea Manager, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue

Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Well, at least it's stopped raining...

It's set to be a mostly cloudy day with some bright spells, but there's better news on the way for the weekend.

Watch: East Midlands weather forecast

Mel Coles

BBC Weather presenter

We have a wet and humid day ahead with a yellow warning for thunder issued by the Met Office.