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West Midlands braced for heavy rain

2014-11-10 22:26:33

Sheltering under an umbrella as the rain falls in Birmingham

Brollies at the ready - the West Midlands is set to get a good soaking later this week.

After record mild temperatures and a long period of dry weather, autumn is set arrive with a vengeance on Thursday.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for the West Midlands and Worcestershire from 9pm on Thursday which will last until 6pm on Friday.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: "The south west and south east will get heavy rain tomorrow and Wednesday, and by Thursday it will spread into the West Midlands.

"We expect between 20mm and 30mm (0.7ins - 1.1ins) of rain, which is average for this time of year, but could cause problems on the roads."

Meanwhile, proving that winter is just around the corner, a Black Country council has launched its popular Snow Champions scheme again.

Sandwell Council has 500 snow-clearing kits to give away to residents on a first-come, first-served basis.

The scheme opens on Wednesday and kits include snow shovels and salt.

Every resident who gets the kit must pledge to clear the pavement outside their house to benefit their local community.

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