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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

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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.

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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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

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

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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
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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).

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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).

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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.

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

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

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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.

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

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

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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.

Staffing issues blamed for train delays and cancellations

There were more cancellations and delays to West Midlands Railway trains in and out of Birmingham yesterday evening and the company has apologised, blaming staffing issues.

It said a number of issues led to trains missing their slots and that meant train crews weren't at the station, to board their next train, when they needed to be.

West Midlands Railway train
BBC

The company has been criticised by commuters for delays and cancellations of services over the past two months, which have been blamed on timetable changes, staffing issues and the wet weather.

The issues which delayed trains, leading to the staffing issues were listed as:

  • Road vehicles hitting two bridges
  • A broken-down freight train
  • A passenger taking ill and needing an ambulance
  • Signal failures
  • Trespass
  • Two passengers fighting on a train
  • Fare dodgers
  • A case of arson

Warnings of high river levels remain

There are flood alerts for a number of rivers in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

They affect the rivers Lugg, Leadon, Avon, Tern, Perry, Leam and the Bow and Piddle brooks.

Puddle
Dammo

The Environment Agency said water levels were likely to remain high because the ground couldn't soak up any more water at the moment.

Council makes £2m from parking charges

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Here are some of the stories the Local Democracy Reporting Service has been covering in Worcestershire:

  • Worcester City Council collected more than £2m from car parking charges last year but revealed the figure was £300,000 lower than the year before.
  • A claim Worcestershire County Council performed a u-turn over installing a zebra crossing in St John's has been denied by the councillor in charge of highways, who said it was never in the plans in the first place.
  • A university must use its 'millions' to build more student accommodation on its campuses to stop student houses springing up across Worcester, a councillor's said.
Cattle Market car park in Worcester
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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).

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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
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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).

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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).

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'Very basic' rail service due to strike action

West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway will only be running a "very basic" service on Saturday as members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union take strike action.

Bus replacement services will run on the following routes, it said:

And this is the timetable for their planned rail services:

Virgin Trains, Cross Country, Chiltern Railways and Transport for Wales are due to run a normal Saturday timetable, but will be busier, it added.

Flooding likely to remain a problem over weekend

Flooding is continuing to affect parts of Worcestershire and Herefordshire, and the Environment Agency said river levels were likely to remain high over the coming days.

The rivers Lugg, Severn and Avon are all affected and more rain is forecast for the weekend.

Tractor clearing river
Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has been clearing debris from rivers, but warned water could also come up through drains.