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  1. Your photos: A cold and bright start to the day

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Most of us are forecast a cold but bright day, with some sunshine later.

    And the BBC Weather Watchers have been sharing their photos from earlier this morning.

    These pictures were taken near Bredon in Worcestershire and Leek in Staffordshire.

    Bredon hill
    Leek hillside
  2. Mass Covid-19 testing to start in Tamworth

    A mass Covid-19 testing pilot is to begin in Tamworth today.

    Around 6,000 households in the Glascote and Stonydelph areas are being targeted to help stop the spread of infection and learn more about how the virus is being transmitted.

    Kits will be delivered to households from today, and people are being urged to register and return them to special collection points in the coming days.

    At home Covid-19 test

    Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s Director of Health and Care, said: “With lockdown restrictions lifting further today, we need to do everything we can to make sure we can keep life moving again.

    “It only takes a matter of minutes to get tested and will help us learn more about how the virus is spreading locally and may just save the life of someone they care for.”

  3. Weather: Showers before sunshine

    BBC Weather

    A cloudy start with a few outbreaks of rain around before turning drier this afternoon with some sunny spells. High: 10C/50F.


    Tonight will start with patches of cloud around before turning clear and cold with a frost. Low: -3C/27F.

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

  4. Stoke-on-Trent's Covid-19 memorial vandalised

    A Covid-19 memorial in Stoke-on-Trent has been damaged days after being unveiled.

    The memorial when it was opened
    Image caption: The memorial when it was opened

    The memorial garden at Fenton Park paid tribute to the 703 residents who lost their lives due to coronavirus.

    Flowers have been ripped out of a wreath and a plaque with a quote from Captain Sir Tom Moore was damaged by vandals.

    Capt Sir Tom was determined to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday, raising millions for the NHS.

    The memorial was unveiled by Stoke-on-Trent's Lord Mayor Ross Irving to mark 12 months since the first coronavirus lockdown.

  5. Your photos: A rainy start to the day

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's been a rainy start to the day for many of us and that's reflected in the photos from the BBC Weather Watchers this morning.

    These pictures were taken in Leek and Ellesmere.

    Dogs in Ellesmere
  6. Weather: Dull and damp Friday

    BBC Weather

    Dull with outbreaks of rain or drizzle this morning and there will continue to be little sunshine through the rest of the day with outbreaks of rain around. High: 8C/46F.

    This morning in Thurlaston, Warwickshire
    Image caption: This morning in Thurlaston, Warwickshire

    Skies will turn quite clear tonight which will mean temperatures dropping away and it will turn very cold with a widespread frost likely. Low: -1C/30F.

    You can get a latest forecast for your area at any time by going to the BBC Weather website.

  7. Today's weather forecast

    Today will begin dry and bright but it will feel cold. The cloud will build through the afternoon and it will turn overcast, but should remain dry. Gentle winds. Highs of 4C to 7C (39F to 45F).

    This evening and tonight will be largely cloudy, but there should be a few clear spells. It will continue to stay dry. Winds will be lighter and it will not be as cold as the past couple of nights. Lows of 1C to 4C (34F to 39F).

  8. Covid vaccination rate hits 94% in over 50s

    About 94% of everyone aged 50 and over have received their first coronavirus vaccine dose in the Midlands, according to the latest official figures.

    The figures are based on estimated populations, so are open to a margin of error.

    Vaccine dose graph

    Data from the Office of National Statistics show that 59% of people aged between 16 and 80 have also received their first dose.

    The area with the highest rate of vaccinations in the West Midlands is the Malvern Hills and the lowest is Birmingham with 79%.

    The figures show the rates from 8 December 2020 to 28 March 2021.