Birmingham has been basking in some lofty temperatures and plenty of sunshine this week, but the Met Office have warned that this may come to an abrupt end soon.
A weather warning has been put in place for thunderstorms across much of middle and southern England - including the West Midlands.
Here’s what we know so far about the Met Office warning, including when it is in place and what we can expect from any stormy weather.
What is the weather warning?
The weather warning issued by the Met Office is a yellow warning for thunderstorms, the mildest weather warning a place can receive.
At the time of writing, the warning is in place on Thursday, 23 June from 10am to 11.59pm.
What can we expect from the weather during the storm?
The Met Office published the warning alongside information on what we would expect to see from the weather throughout the day.
The heavy rain could lead to roads and train tracks being flooded, which given that the second day of the RMT rail strike is due to take place on the same day could add further misery to commuters.
The Met Office said:
- There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds
- There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life
- Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services
- Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
- There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost
- There is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads
What is the forecast for Birmingham?
The outlook for Birmingham reflects the warning, with scattered showers leading to potential thunderstorms throughout the day on Thursday (23 June).
During Thursday afternoon, Birmingham could see temperatures of around 26°C with cloud, making for muggy weather - often brought about by storms.
By 10pm, the temperature is still set to be well above 20 °C.
The Met Office summary for the West Midlands has been published and is below.
It suggests that any potential thunderstorm could bring an end to the increasingly high daytime temperatures that have been experienced in Birmingham in recent days.
Remaining fine and warm into this evening and staying dry overnight with largely clear skies. Temperatures only slowly falling away and remaining warm in urban areas. Minimum temperature 9 °C.
A dry and sunny start to the day but probably turning somewhat cloudier during the afternoon. Scattered showers or thunderstorms possibly spreading up from the south later. Feeling very warm. Maximum temperature 28 °C.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday
Turning cooler. Cloudier on Friday with scattered showers developing, these possibly merging into longer spells of rain overnight. Sunshine and heavy showers over the weekend, these possibly thundery in places.