Temperatures are set to rise across the West Midlands, but this rise is set to bring about some stormy weather.
The Met Office has officially issued a warning for a storm, and the region looks set to face the brunt of it.
Ahead of the storm, here’s what we know so far including when the warning is in place, what the weather will be like during the time the warning is in place, and what the weather warning means.
What is the weather warning?
A yellow warning for thunderstorms is in place for Birmingham and the wider West Midlands area.
This has been put in place at 1pm today (16 May) and at the time of publication is in place for nine hours.
According to the Met Office, the warning will end at 10pm.
The Met Office has also issued information about what impact the stormy weather may have on the region.
This information is listed below.
- There is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus
- Delays to train services are possible
- Some short term loss of power and other services is likely
- A chance of some flooding of homes and businesses or some damage to a few buildings or structures from lightning strikes.
If you do need to travel around this time, the Met Office also has guidance on how this can be done safely.
What is the forecast for today?
The weather across the region is going to be muggy on either side of the warning, with temperatures reaching a high of 19°C during the day.
This morning has been cloudy for most of the city, and the weather will begin to turn at around the time the warning comes into place.
2pm could see thunder and lightning hit the region along with heavy rain. This could combine to produce unpleasant conditions for anyone out and about in Birmingham and the surrounding region.
Despite the poor weather, wind speeds will remain low and shouldn’t add too much to the stormy conditions.
The worst of any stormy weather should clear by around 3pm, and will be replaced by sunshine and showers for the remainder of the afternoon.
By the evening, the rain will ease off and be dry for the rest of the night. Temperatures should remain in the high teens until sunset, making for a pleasant end to the day in comparison to the stormy weather of earlier.
What is the Met Office summary for today?
The Met Office have issued their summary of what the West Midlands can expect today ahead of the yellow storm warning.
Below is what the Met Office have said is on the cards for the West Midlands today and into tonight.
Heavy rain this morning will quickly clear to leave a largely dry and cloudy morning. Turning brighter in the afternoon with heavy showers at times, possibly thundery. Warm in the sunshine. Maximum temperature 22°C.
Showers clearing this evening to leave a dry night. Cloud will break up to give some clear spells, but it will stay fairly mild. Minimum temperature 11°C.