Will Storm Ciaran hit Birmingham? Full Met Office weather forecast

Storm Ciaran is set to batter the UK tonight - here’s the outlook for Birmingham and the West Midlands
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Wind speeds of up to 90mph are expected to hit the UK as Storm Ciaran reaches our shores this week.

The Met Office has issued amber ‘danger to life’ warnings for “very strong winds” across England and Wales as Storm Ciaran struck last night (Wednesday, November 1) and is due to continue throughout today (Thursday, November 2).

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Exposed English coastal regions have been lashed by gusts of up to 90mph and there has been widespread flooding, park closures and power outages in Surrey. A tree fell and blocked a rail line between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury stopping trains earlier - this has now been cleared.

There are at least 25 flood warnings - where flooding is possible - across England and 118 flood alerts - where flooding is possible. Yesterday Nothern Ireland was hit with flooding after a night of torrential rain, which saw canal banks burst in Newry, Co Down.

Will the storm hit Birmingham?

Yellow weather warnings are in place in many parts os southern England and northern areas. It looks as though Birmingham will escape the very worst of the storm with no weather warnings issued for the city, or wider West Midlands. No flood warnings have been issued for Birmingham either.

Although no weather warnings are in place yet, heavy rain is forecast in Birmingham and strong winds are expected. A few clear spells are expected throughout the evening, but the Met Office says that the weather will “become windy with strong gusts.”

People walk by Centenary Square in Birmingham during a rainy morningPeople walk by Centenary Square in Birmingham during a rainy morning
People walk by Centenary Square in Birmingham during a rainy morning

This week’s forecast


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Storm Ciarán moves northeast across the region on Thursday, bringing outbreaks of rain, which may turn heavy at times. The periods of heavy rain have been identified as between 11am and 12noon. Then from 2pm to 7pm with winds strengthening through the afternoon, particularly in the south of the region. Maximum temperature 12 °C.


Rain will gradually turn more showery overnight, with some clearer spells developing by dawn. The strong winds gradually ease through the early hours, although remaining breezy to start on Friday. Minimum temperature 6 °C.


Scattered showers will continue on Friday, with the heaviest showers in the south and west. Sunny spells between the showers, but feeling fresh with northwesterly winds. Maximum temperature 12 °C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Another spell of wet and possibly windy weather is likely on Saturday. Sunday and Monday will then be brighter with a mix of sunshine and showers. Remaining breezy throughout.

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