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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a dry and fine day with light winds and highs of 22C (72F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands
Team GB: Shortage of women in competitive gliding
With international championships on the horizon, Team GB's female glider pilots want more women in the sport.

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, from J5 for A38 Droitwich to J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J4a M42, because of a break down. 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, from J5 for A38 Droitwich to J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J4a M42, because of a break down. 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, from J4 for A38 Halesowen Road Bromsgrove to J3 for A456 Quinton Expressway Halesowen.

M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed and it's slow on M5 northbound from J4, A38 (Bromsgrove) to J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of an overturned vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, from J4A for M42 to J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J4a M42 to J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a break down. 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, from J5 for A38 Droitwich to J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J4a M42, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, from J5 for A38 Droitwich to J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J6, A4538 (Worcester), because of a break down. 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, at J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane.

M5 Worcestershire - M5 entry slip road closed northbound at J6, A4538 (Worcester), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. 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, from J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane to J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J6, A4538 (Worcester) to J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Clear and dry start to the weekend

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Starting off dry with clear spells tonight, here's the rest of the forecast for the West Midlands:

Rebecca Wood with Friday night's West Midlands weather

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

Breweries battle for best in Britain title

Five breweries from the West Midlands are in the running to be named a British champion next month.

Beer being drunk
Getty Images

The Campaign for Real Ale has revealed the 71 contenders vying to be named Champion Beer of Britain on 6 August.

The local five are:

  • Titanic Brewery, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Byatt’s Brewery, Coventry
  • Holden's Brewery, Dudley
  • Salopian Brewery, Shrewsbury
  • Three Tuns, Bishop's Castle, Shropshire

Flooding blamed as horse racing events cancelled

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Two horse race meetings in Worcester have been cancelled because of the affects of the flooding last month.

Worcester Racecourse underwater in June
Worcester Racecourse

Heavy rain saw parts of Worcester Racecourse underwater for eight days.

The British Horseracing Authority says, while there's been racing since then, the track's not recovered as much as it wanted.

It has abandoned the meetings on 18 and 25 July and it's hoped the course will be ready for an event on 30 July.

Your photos: Castles and clouds

BBC Weather Watchers

We've had more blue skies across the West Midlands with fluffy white clouds around - at least, that's what our local BBC Weather Watchers have been sending us today.

These three are from users Clearview in Ludlow, Shropshire, Poetic Verse in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire and Willow 54 in Hereford:

Ludlow
Clearview
Burton upon Trent
Poetic Verse
Hereford
Willow 54

Your photos: Clouds, blue skies and fields

BBC Weather Watchers

Lots of photos from our local BBC Weather Watchers of clouds and blue sky across the West Midlands, so here are three of them.

They're from users Balding Baggie in Studley, Warwickshire, Mikesnapper in Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire and Skye in Clee Hill, Shropshire:

Studley
Balding Baggie
Lower Broadheath
Mikesnapper
Clee Hill
Skye

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 southbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J6, A4538 (Worcester), because of a break down.

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, at J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane.

M5 Worcestershire - M5 lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J6, A4538 (Worcester), because of car towing a caravan. Traffic is coping well.

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

Widow's water safety campaign

BBC Shropshire

The wife of a man who drowned in the River Severn in 2017 is helping to extend a campaign to try and prevent more river deaths.

Shane Walsh fell in the river in Shrewsbury after a night out drinking.

Widow of river victim highlights water safety awareness

Since then, his widow Kirsty has become an ambassador for West Mercia Search and Rescue team, approaching people in the town to warn them of the dangers of cold water.

We filmed the video above with Ms Walsh last year, approaching drinkers in Shrewsbury.

West Mercia Search and Rescue's Home and Dry campaign will today be extended to cover Worcester.

Both Worcester and Shrewsbury have seen a string of river deaths in recent years.

Hospital trust rated 'inadequate' in some areas

BBC Midlands Today

A hospital trust has been rated inadequate for its imaging department and for safety by the Care Quality Commission.

Monitor
BBC

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs three hospitals including Russells Hall, said it was disappointed with the findings and has taken immediate action.

The CQC praised the trust for its patient care, rating it as outstanding.

Overall, inspectors found the trust 'requires improvement'.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

There will be some sunny intervals this evening but also some showers which may be heavy.

It should be a dry night with some clear spells with highs of 13C (55F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J8 for M50 and J7 for A44 Worcester.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M5 northbound between J8 M50 and J7, A44 (Worcester), because of a break down.

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 J5 for A38 Droitwich and J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M5 northbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J4a M42, because of a break down.

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

Fewer free hearing aids could be handed out

Shropshire's health commissioners are considering reducing the number of free hearing aids it hands out.

The chair of the clinical commissioning group, Dr Julian Povey said it was "looking long and hard" at the contract to supply the hearing aids and may follow the lead of north Staffordshire, where hearing aids are no longer given to people with mild hearing loss.

Hearing aid
Getty Images

Dr Povey, who uses a hearing aid himself, promised "we will do things ideally where they will improve patient care", but admitted "we're reaching the point where not everything we do may improve patient care, it may restrict patient care".

The CCG, which is due to merge with the CCG for Telford, has forecast a cumulative deficit of £99.5m by the end of this financial year.

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, from J5 for A38 Droitwich to J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 southbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J6, A4538 (Worcester), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

Your photos: A walk through a field on a cloudy day

BBC Weather Watchers

It's another cloudy day and that's creating all sorts of interesting lighting for the BBC Weather Watchers, who all seem to be walking through fields today.

These ones were taken near Caynham, Lower Broadheath and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Caynham
WBF
Stratford-upon-Avon
NightNurse
Lower Broadheath
Mikesnapper

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J4A for M42 and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J4a M42 and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

New date for flood-hit carnival

A new date has been found for Bridgnorth's carnival, after it had to be postponed in June due to flooding.

The new event, on 22 September, will still include a procession, ending in the castle grounds, where there will be prize presentations and "entertainment and refreshments".

Man inspecting flooding
Bridgnorth Town Council

The carnival committee said last month it was looking to do a scaled-down event, but didn't want to cancel, because it didn't want the hard work of people taking part in the procession to go to waste.

Thunderstorms warning issued

Parts of the West Midlands could be affected by thunderstorms later, with some disruption to travel expected.

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The Met Office has issued a yellow warning which is in place from 13:00 to 21:00.

Woman wins two-year fight to adopt Ugandan boy

A woman has won her two-year legal battle to adopt a little boy in Uganda.

Emilie Larter from Leigh Sinton, in Worcestershire, was volunteering for a children's charity in Uganda when staff received news that a woman had died and she was given care of the youngest, who didn't even have a name.

Emilie Larter and Adam
Emilie Larter

Ms Larter hopes to be able to bring the child, who became known as Adam, back to the UK eventually, but says it could still be 18 months before all the paperwork is complete.

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, from J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane to J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J6, A4538 (Worcester) to J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Jordanne Whiley returns to Grand Slam tennis

BBC Sport

Jordanne Whiley will play her first match at Wimbledon today since taking time away from the sport to have her first child.

Jordanne Whiley
Getty Images

The Halesowen player has lifted 10 Grand Slam titles in her career including four at the All England Club.

She has already won nine events since returning to tennis in February following the birth of her son Jackson.

She's preparing to make her Wimbledon comeback, two years after winning the wheelchair doubles title with Yui Kamiji,who she will play in her first singles match before teaming up with in the doubles.

She had set her sights on reaching the world top 15 by the end of July - yet she's already in the top eight.

"It's been so much better than I ever could have imagined," says Whiley, who was born with osteogenesis imperfecta or brittle bone disease.

'Crowdfunded' adoption decision due

A woman should find out today whether she will be able to adopt a Ugandan boy she has looked after since his mother's death..

Emilie Larter
Emilie Larter

Emilie Larter has spent years trying to adopt Adam who she met days after his mum died while volunteering in the country.

Emilie, from Leigh Sinton, Worcestershire, became the baby's sole carer and ran a crowdfunding campaign to help cover the costs of formally adopting the youngster and bring him to the UK.

A judge will make the final decision on whether or not to declare her Adam's legal mother

Wet night ahead for West Midlands

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

After a pretty dry day, we're in for some rain tonight in the West Midlands, here's the full forecast:

Sara Blizzard

Head to the BBC Weather website at any other time for a latest forecast for your area.

Police get more time to question murder suspect

Police have been given another 36 hours to question a 32-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering a Droitwich pensioner.

The man was arrested on Monday, following the death of 80-year-old Desmond Wooding (pictured below) at his home on Vines Lane on 24 June.

Desmond Wooding
West Mercia Police

A 55-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, has been released on bail.

Your photos: Grey clouds and blue skies

BBC Weather Watchers

Today's been one of those days when you might have had cloud or blue skies, all just depends where you are - at least, that's what it looks like from the photos from our BBC Weather Watchers.

These three are from users Mrs_Strivzy in Himbleton, Worcestershire, Snapper Simon in Church Stretton, Shropshire and Stormchaser Al in Halesowen, Dudley:

Himbleton
Mrs_Strivzy
Church Stretton
Snapper Simon
Halesowen
Stormchaser Al