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  1. Weather: A sunny start with a risk of showers

    BBC Weather

    Things are looking a lot drier today than they have done so far this week.

    Weather 06.05.21

    We will have some showers today, mainly towards the east of our region, but it will be mainly dry with some sunshine.

    Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 12C, so still a bit cold for this time of year.

  2. Voters head to the polls for bumper election day

    It's election day across England, Wales and Scotland and voters are heading to the polls with thousands of council seats in England up for grabs. Elections are also taking place for mayors, including in the West Midlands, and police and crime commissioners.

    Polling station

    Polling stations will be open from 07:00 - 22:00 BST and voters are being asked to take their own pencils as a Covid safety measure.

    So, where are votes being cast?

    Councils

    County councils:

    • Staffordshire
    • Warwickshire
    • Worcestershire

    Metropolitan councils:

    • Coventry
    • Dudley
    • Sandwell
    • Solihull
    • Walsall
    • Wolverhampton

    District councils:

    • Nuneaton & Bedworth
    • Cannock Chase
    • Redditch
    • Rugby
    • Tamworth
    • Worcester
    • Wyre Forest

    All the seats in Shropshire Council, a unitary authority, are also up for election.

    Voting graphic

    Police and crime commissioners

    Read more about the candidates by tapping the links.

    Police car

    West Midlands Mayor

    The combined authority mayor, covering the seven metropolitan boroughs, is responsible for planning and strategy for regional transport, skills training and local economic development. Click here to see the candidates.

    For a reminder of all the candidates standing in your area and information about what they will do, use our handy look-up tool.

  3. West Midlands elections come along like buses

    Elizabeth Glinka

    Political Editor, BBC Midlands

    The prime minister has been campaigning in the West Midlands this morning.

    Here in the region, it feels like elections arrive like buses; you wait for one and then 25 come along at once.

    Tomorrow's vote brings a combination of those postponed last year due to the coronavirus outbreak, and those due this year.

    All county council seats are up for grabs in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.

    All are Conservative controlled, and are unlikely to deliver any surprises. Likewise Unitary Shropshire.

    Warwickshire has traditionally been most likely to swing, but with the Conservatives holding more than double the seats of Labour and the Lib Dems combined, recent revelations about the prime minister would have to have some serious cut through for either party to make inroads.

    Normally, the big Metropolitan Boroughs that elect by thirds are less likely to have a change of control.

    This time Solihull, Coventry, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell all have elections, but there are definitely some ones to watch, not least because of the changing voting behaviour, which saw Labour’s ‘red wall’ collapse across the Black Country at the last general election.

    Conservative-run Walsall and, to an even greater extent, Dudley, are finely balanced between blue and red.

    Solihull, too, is currently Conservative-led, but the loss of just one seat, would mean losing control.

    The Greens who are the main opposition party, have been building their base here for the last decade.In our smaller district councils - Nuneaton and Bedworth, Cannock Chase and Worcester are all on a knife edge.

  4. Man injured in stabbing in underpass

    A man has been stabbed in the back in an underpass near a supermarket in Staffordshire.

    Police said the man reported he was attacked by a stranger close to Sainsbury's store on Enderley Street, in Newcastle-under-Lyme at about 19:50 on Monday.

    He suffered a one-inch (2.5cm) wound to his back.

    Anyone with information is urged to contact Staffordshire Police.

  5. Weather: A chilly start with hope of sunshine

    It's a nippy start to Wednesday following a cold night. Today we'll see highs of around 12C but it will feel a little bit warmer than yesterday as the winds drop.

    West Midlands weather

    There will be some heavy, sharp showers developing throughout the day and possibly even thunder in some areas.

    By this evening those showers should stop and clear skies could leave some frost overnight but scope for lots of sunshine on Thursday.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M53 Cheshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M53 Cheshire northbound severe disruption, at J11 for M56 J15.

    M53 Cheshire - Road closed and queues on M53 northbound at J11 M56 J15, because of a lorry that's broken down.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  7. Fallen tree blocks road and damages telephone lines

    A fallen tree is blocking a road in Staffordshire.

    Drivers are advised not to use Sugar Loaf Lane in Iverley while removal work is carried out.

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  8. Rainbows round off wet bank holiday

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It felt more like the 'Wet Midlands' this weekend, but here's a bonus for those grey skies - lots of our Weather Watchers captured stunning rainbows across the region.

    Wellington, Herefordshire
    Image caption: Karen in Wellington, Herefordshire, captured this one on Monday evening
    Stafford
    Image caption: Brith sent this image in from Stafford
    Severn Stoke, Worcestershire
    Image caption: A double rainbow in Severn Stoke was spotted by J
    Shobdon, Herefordshire
    Image caption: Milo captured this rainbow against a grey sky in Shobdon, Herefordshire

    Thanks to our Weather Watchers for their stunning photos.

    If you want to see more or get involved yourself, visit our website.

  9. Weather lookahead: Warning for strong winds

    The bulk of the weekend rain has passed but this morning we can expect a bit of a battering from the wind instead.

    There's a yellow weather warning in place for strong winds, mainly affecting Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

    Yellow weather warning

    That should calm down a bit later, however it will breezy enough for it to still feel quite cold and we haven't seen the last of that rain yet so expect showers.