Showers will pep up this evening with the risk of a thundery
downpour here and there.
They will be fairly hit and miss and they will ease up
for a time overnight.
It will remain cloudy, damp and humid overnight with lows
The rain has the potential to pep up again through tomorrow morning bringing the risk of a thundery downpour again.
They will again be hit and miss but with the ground already saturated from last week’s rain, the Met Office is warning of the potential of very localised flooding. The rain will clear away by late afternoon giving a dry and perhaps bright end to the day.
Traumatised pupils 'unfairly punished for absences'
A mother from Leicestershire has raised more than £5,000 to pay for a possible judicial review into schools issuing fines to parents whose children are too traumatised to go to class.
Lousie Engels runs Not Fine In School, a campaign group that supports pupils who struggle with attendance due to bullying, trauma, physical illness, disability or excessive anxiety.
She said parents were being unfairly punished as their children did not fit into any of the 23 absence codes used by schools.
Ms Engels said: "These children don't fall into any of the codes available and are therefore wrongly recorded.
"This not only presents problems with their attendance record but also means that the problem is being masked."
The DfE said: "All parents have a duty to ensure that their child of compulsory school age receives a full-time education either by attendance at school or otherwise.
"However, we do understand that some children with special educational needs and disabilities may struggle with school attendance - which is why our guidance is clear that schools must work with parents if there are challenges with attendance and provide additional support."
Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands
A bright start to the day but cloud should increase later with rain arriving from the south and the chance of thunderstorms.
The forecast? You guessed it, more rain - although it might be a bit drier for a short spell early tomorrow morning.
East Midlands Airport charges U-turn: No refunds
BBC News Online
East Midlands Airport will not be offering refunds to those who paid for their rapid drop off, despite admitting there had been problems since they raised the prices.
Responding to a question from the BBC, a spokesman said: "We
are not refunding passengers who have used rapid drop off.
"We offer a full range of free and paid for parking options so that passengers have a choice.
"These include one hour’s free parking in Long Stay 2, free 30 minutes parking for disabled passengers, £4 for 30 minutes in short stay as well as rapid drop off next to the main entrance."
East Midlands Airport charges U-turn: Your reaction
"Thanks goodness for common sense" was the almost unanimous response to the news that East Midlands Airport is scrapping its controversial new rapid drop off parking charges.
The airport announced this afternoon it will go back to the old charges of £2 for 10 minutes parking in the rapid drop off, which was briefly raised to £2 for five minutes (with £1 for every minute over) earlier this month.
Bosses said they had done it to improve traffic flow but admitted drivers were being charged just waiting to leave, with customers complaining of gridlock and "total chaos" at the exits.
Carol Whyke wrote: "I should think so too. Maddy Ward added it was "still too much - but a step in the right direction."
But Martyn Webster and a number of others are unhappy with the lower price, with some saying they should not have to pay just to drop people off. "Still a complete and utter ripoff," he wrote.
BreakingAirport parking charges U-turn
BBC News Online
East Midlands Airport has decided to scrap its new higher parking charges for the rapid drop off zone after scenes of "total chaos" at the barriers.
Tyler-Smith, from the airport, insisted the change - which saw the time drivers could stay for £2 drop from 10 minutes to five - had been done "with the best intentions".
There was a further £1 charge for every minute over.
Mr Tyler-Smith claimed it was to improve traffic flow but customers had reported gridlock since it was introduced earlier this month - meaning drivers' charges kept rising as they queued to leave.
He admitted this had been a problem at peak times.
The airport has announced it's returning to its normal charges.
M1 reopens after lorry fire
BBC News Online
Good news for people travelling on the M1 today.
The M1 southbound has reopened between J23 and J22 following a lorry fire.
Highway workers cleared more than 100 fallen trees and branches across Leicestershire yesterday.
It followed a night of strong wind and heavy rain that left roads and pavements blocked.
One tree even fell on a car in Thurnby - luckily the driver wasn't hurt.
NHS to cut funding for voluntary groups
BBC Radio Leicester
Up to 23 voluntary groups in Leicestershire are set to see their funding from the NHS cut completely from next month.
The organisations affected haven't been named by health commissioners but jobs supported by these groups are now under threat.
The county's three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) currently spend £3.3m a year supporting the voluntary groups, in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and want to cut that by up to £400,000 from July.
Prof Mayor Lakhani, who chairs the West Leicestershire CCG, said: "As a GP, I value the support that voluntary sector organisations provide my patients and clients with so this is not a decision we've taken lightly."
He said the CCGs have to make "difficult decisions" to make up for a £5m deficit in their budget.
The Carers Centre in Leicester said it is still waiting to find out what funding they'll get.
Manager Charles Huddleston said the delay will make it hard to give one month notice to any staff forced to leave.
The voluntary groups can appeal the decision.
Watch: East Midlands weather
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A drier day but the rain is set to return later - here's the full forecast.