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Weather: Mainly sunny before the showers

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We might see the odd shower this morning but mainly there will be sunny spells today and it will continue to feel very warm and muggy. High: 30C/86F.

This morning in Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire
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This morning in Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire

Then turning cloudy this evening with showers starting to appear which could be sharp and possibly thundery. Low: 17C/63F.

You can keep up-to-date on the latest forecast for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

Elite-only London Marathon 'a blow' to charity

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The removal of non-elite athletes from this year's London Marathon is a big blow, a charity has said.

Runners taking part in 2019's London Marathon
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The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt (RJAH) Orthopaedic Hospital Charitable Fund, based in Gobowen, Shropshire, said it would normally expect extra income of up to £50,000 from runners taking part in its name.

The 2020 event will see reduced fields of 30-40 athletes compete for the elite men's, women's and wheelchair titles on 4 October.

Victoria Sugden from the fundraising team at RJAH said staff understand the decision but it's still a disappointment.

"It's really hard but firstly we just thank our runners for their patience and their commitments to the marathon this year. It's the right decision but very much a blow as far as they're concerned and for us as well."

'Heartbreaking' as soft play centres remain shut

Two owners of soft play centres in the West Midlands say it is "heartbreaking" they are still closed and "really worrying" they have no idea when they will be allowed to reopen.

Jungleland in Telford became a drop-off point for a local food bank
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Jungleland in Telford became a drop-off point for a local food bank

More than 13,000 people have signed a petition on Parliament's website calling for more financial support for the industry.

Sian Flower owns Monkey Mayhem in Kidderminster and says it's been closed for five months, but regular customers have been supportive.

"It's been so tough because to phone up to say we've got to cancel the parties - the children don't understand and it's heartbreaking. But so many of the customers have been lovely and a few have said 'please, keep the money'."

Jungleland in Trench Lock, Telford, also remains closed and owner Belinda Griffiths says it doesn't qualify for government grants and has staff on furlough until October.

"It's really worrying, there is no solution. There's no clarity from the government saying what is going to happen from October. What's going to happen, how much longer can we remain closed?"

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last month: "Soft play areas will sadly need to remain closed for now - although this will be kept under review."