Birmingham weather: what's the 14 day Met Office forecast, will we see sun and will there be a May heat wave?

 Is it going to be a sunny end to April?

We seem to be moving through April at some speed, and with this we’ve seen warmer weather and less rain around in recent weeks.

The milder temperatures have had us looking towards the summer, which will hopefully bring lots more good weather to Birmingham.

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With this in mind, here is a look at the weather for the week ahead in Birmingham as well as the chances of our region being hit with a heatwave in May.

What is the weather forecast for Birmingham this week?

Despite the hopes for sunny weather, the week ahead looks likely to be mainly cloudy and a high temperature which will drop slightly.

Listed below is the summary of each day and the expected high temperature of each day.

21 April: Cloudy changing to sunny by mid-morning, 16 °C

22 April: Overcast for much fo the day, 13 °C

23 April: More overcast conditions, 15 °C

24 April: Cloudy changing to sunny intervals by lunchtime, 15 °C

25 April: Overcast conditions, 12 °C

26 April: Overcast, 13 °C

The Met Office publishes long range forecasts, but these are nationwide predictions and are not regionalised.

What is the long range UK forecast?

According to the Met Office, this is the outlook for the 24 April to 3 May for the UK.

Mostly dry to start this period but with a few showers in places, possibly heavy in the south.

Temperatures perhaps near normal for many but warm in parts of the south. Feeling cold along eastern coasts with strong east or northeasterly winds.

Through the week, high pressure is looking to dominate in the north with plenty of dry and bright weather here.

Further south, a little more unsettled with a risk of some showers or longer spells of rain at times, heavy in places.

Conditions are likely to become more settled and mainly dry across the whole of the UK as we move into early May.

Temperatures likely to be close to or above normal for this time of year.

It is important to note that these forecasts are likely to change in the next few days and weeks.

What has the Met Office said?

The Met Office have updated their week forecast for the West Midlands region to cover tonight through to Sunday, 24 April.

Here’s what they believe is in store for us.

Tonight:

Turning a little chilly tonight under partly cloudy skies. Staying dry with light winds, and temperatures should stay above freezing. Minimum temperature 5 °C.

Thursday:

After a chilly start, it will be another warm day with plenty of sunny spells. Easterly winds will strengthen so feeling slightly less warm. Maximum temperature 16 °C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Cloudier on Friday and into the weekend. There may be some light showers at times, mainly over the high ground, but mostly dry. Feeling cooler in a brisk wind.

Will there be a heatwave in Birmingham in May?

The early indications are that, despite the steady April temperatures, Birmingham will not be feeling the brunt of a heatwave in May.

Weather website Accuweather gives a guide for the weather next month.

The start of the month looks likely to be unsettled, with rain and sun alternating some days.

The temperature will struggle to reach more than 13/14 °C for most of the month, but the days will become sunnier as May draws to a close.