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Birmingham to enjoy late summer sunshine

2014-09-24 02:12:23

Sadly, this summer's temporary Northfield beach will not be returning for the autumn heatwave

Temperatures are Birmingham are set to rival Mediterranean hotspots this week as the mercury climbs above 21C (70F).

It is likely to be warmer in the West Midlands than in parts of Spain on Thursday and Friday as high pressure continues to remain above the UK.

This will bring dry and sunny conditions with a minor risk of isolated showers in the north of the region.

Fine conditions should continue for much of the weekend although the West Midlands will be cloudier than the south-east which should enjoy unbroken sunshine and temperatures in the mid-70sF.

While sunseekers in Birmingham enjoy the balmy sunshine bonus, holidaymakers heading to Majorca and other resorts in Spain and Portugal will be hit with high winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms with temperatures a few degrees below the West Midlands.

The late burst of summer conditions could last for several more weeks well into October, according to forecasters.

Long-range Met Office predictions forecast warmer than usual autumn weather until at least the end of the month.

The Met Office three-month outlook said: "Overall, the probability that the UK-mean temperature will fall into the warmest of our five categories is around 35 per cent and the probability of falling into the coldest of our five categories is between 10 and 15 per cent."

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