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Your photos: Damp and grey start to week

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a bit of a damp, grey start to the week in the West Midlands although, from the look of the photos from our local BBC Weather Watchers, there have been hints of brightness around.

These three are from users Margrose in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Mr Twister in Leek, Staffordshire and Di's Walk in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham:

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Di's Walk

Flood risk warning as heavy rain returns

Parts of the West Midlands could face flooding as heavy rain moves across the region.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for between 12:00 and midnight.

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The Met Office said the wet weather will move northwards across much of England on Monday, with the heaviest rain forecast for the afternoon and evening.

Flood alerts have been issued in Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Shropshire.

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be increasingly wet with heavy rain and highs of 13C (55F).

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Schools funding news welcomed

Seven councils in the West Midlands are among a group of 42 across the country campaigning for fairer funding in schools.

The F40 group includes some of the lowest funded local authorities in England and says it wants "fairness and equal opportunities in education for all children, regardless of where they live".

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The F40 group includes:

  • Cheshire East Council
  • Herefordshire Council
  • Shropshire Council
  • Solhull Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Staffordshire County Council
  • Warwickshire County Council
  • Worcestershire County Council

Responding to today's news, Shropshire Council said it was "generally pleased with the settlement" and acknowledged it came at a time when schools "have been experiencing challenges in balancing their budgets".

“Shropshire’s schools have not been well funded and so we would hope this is a fairer settlement in relative funding terms with those schools in other areas, who have historically attracted higher levels of funding per pupil," Ed Potter, cabinet member for children’s services, said.

The F40 group has previously said while it recognised that those schools with pupils with higher additional needs should receive more funding, "the way this is applied across the country is inconsistent and unfair".

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West Midlands to get an extra £175m for schools

Schools in the West Midlands will receive an extra £175m over the next three years, but it is the second-lowest increase in funding per-pupil in the country.

The figures are laid out in the government's provisional spending plans and the West Midlands will see an average increase of 3.6% per pupil by 2020-21.

Only London is expected to see a lower per-pupil increase with 3.2%.

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The spending plans will increase the total budget for the region to £3.97bn by 2020-21.

The prime minister has promised to boost spending in UK schools by £14bn over the coming three financial years.

Warning of heavy rain from Met Office

The Met Office is warning of heavy rain in parts of Staffordshire today, bringing the risk of flooding and travel disruption.

It's also forecasting heavy rain in north Wales, which the Environment Agency says is likely to raise river levels

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a windy day with showery rain and highs of 13C (55F).

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a breezy night with some showers and lows of 12C (54F).

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a bright start it will be a cloudy day with some showers and highs of 15C (59F).

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Dry night for the West Midlands

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

We're in for a dry night in the West Midlands and it'll be quite breezy:

Alex Hamilton

Get a latest forecast for your area at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

New officer targets set for police forces

BBC Midlands Today

Police forces across the West Midlands will be able to recruit 590 new officers in the first year of a government pledge to hire an extra 20,000 by 2022.

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The Home Office has set out recruitment targets for the first year with West Midlands Police given the biggest of 366.

Warwickshire will be able to hire an extra 41, Staffordshire 90 and West Mercia 93.

Home Office figures show that forces in England and Wales lost 20,564 officers between March 2010 and March 2019.

Boris Johnson pledged the extra 20,000 officers earlier this year although the College of Policing at the time warned of "logistical challenges", partly because of concerns of a lack of instructors for training.

A breezy day ahead

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a damp start in places, today should stay mainly dry but breezy.

Alex Hamilton

You can keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecast for your area at any other time by going to the BBC Weather website.

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It should be a mainly dry night with the odd shower and lows of 11C (52F).

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Risk of flooding remains a week after heavy rain

A week after heavy rain led to flooding across the West Midlands, the Environment Agency still has flood alerts in place in Shropshire and Staffordshire.

It says water levels are falling but warns people to be careful on land around the rivers Vyrnwy, Severn, Sow, Penk and Trent.

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The Environment Agency also warned that flooding could worsen with more rain forecast in the next few days.

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

After a fine start blustery showers will move in with highs of 10C (50F).

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Rain will gradually clear leaving a dry night with lows of 12C (54F).

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Your pictures: Nice weather for ducks

BBC Weather Watchers

It was a wet start to the day for many of us including these BBC Weather Watchers.

These images were taken in Sutton Coldfield by Sutton Walker, Bromyard, Herefordshire by Mrs Baggins and Leek in Staffordshire by Mr Twister.

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Mr Twister

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a cloudy start rain will spread from the west leading to a wet and windy afternoon with highs of 15C (59F).

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Video: What's the weekend weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

It should be a dry night with some clear intervals and lows of 9C (48F).

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Flooding 'could worsen over the weekend'

The Environment Agency says flooding across the West Midlands could worsen this weekend, with more heavy ran expected.

It still has two flood warnings in Shropshire and a number of flood alerts across Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Staffordshire.

River Severn
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The agency said river levels have been slowly falling since the rain earlier this week, but they remain high.

Warning for heavy rain issued

Parts of the West Midlands could experience heavy rain causing travel disruption on Sunday.

A yellow warning for rain has been issued and lasts until 18:00.

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Met Office

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Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a cloudy day with some rain and highs of 15C (59F).

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Tree campaigners 'won't leave threatened woodland'

A group of campaigners say they won't leave woodland in Warwickshire due to be cleared to make way for HS2, despite the government putting the felling on hold.

They're camping out in Cubbington Woods which stands in the way of the high-speed rail route.

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The transport secretary said any work was on hold while an independent review into the project is carried out.

There are 11 woodlands in Staffordshire and Warwickshire likely to be affected and work on six will now be deferred to early 2020 and autumn or winter 2020 on the remaining five.

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After a dry, bright start it will be a cloudy day with some rain later and highs of 13C (55F).

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Weather: Rainy weather to return later this week

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Enjoy this dry spell while you can, because the rain clouds are returning tomorrow afternoon.

Here's the forecast:

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Woman dies after being hit by car in B&Q car park

A woman has died in hospital after being hit by a car in a B&Q car park in Stoke-on-Trent.

Staffordshire Police said the 67-year-old was one of two pedestrians struck by a blue Ford Focus at Meir Park just after 14:45 yesterday.

The other pedestrian received minor injuries.

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Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

After yesterday's rain and floods, today looks set to be a little more settled.

A ridge of high pressure means it is going to be a little more sunny, but it will feel chilly.

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Flood warnings issued as river levels continue to rise

The Environment Agency has issued two flood warnings for a section of the River Vyrnwy in north Shropshire and has a number of flood alerts in place, all over the West Midlands.

It says river levels are likely to peak this afternoon, but with more heavy rain forecast, they could rise again.

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Environment Agency

Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire are the counties with the most flood alerts.

Flood warnings and alerts in place

Predictions of heavy rain throughout the day have triggered flood warnings and alerts across the West Midlands.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain until 20:00 today.

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Flood warnings and alerts issued

Weather warning for rain issued

Heavy and persistent rain could cause travel problems later, said the Met Office.

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Met office

It has issued a yellow warning for rain from 15:00 today until 15:00 on Tuesday.

It could cause localised flooding and cause disruption to roads.

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Anna Church

Weather Presenter

After a dry start rain will move in later with the risk of thunder and highs of 12C (54F).

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Weather warning of heavy rain

Parts of Staffordshire could be affected by heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday, the Met Office is warning.

Weather warning
Met Office

A yellow warning for rain has been issued from 18:00 on Saturday to 17:00 on Sunday.

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Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Blustery showers breaking out with the risk of thunder and highs of 16C (61F).

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Video: What's the weather got in store?

John Hammond

Weather forecaster

It will be a dry night with clear spells and lows of 13C (50F).

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