Wednesday's in-depth 5 day forecast for the Midlands.

River Derwent looking towards Exeter Bridge. Photo: Colin Ainsworth, Breaston

Extensive heavy rain is pushing eastwards throughout the rest of Wednesday and the Met Office have issued an Amber "Be Prepared" warning for very strong winds as a severe area of low pressure (955 hectopascals) crosses the country today.

Winds reach severe gale force across NW and south coasts. For us, in the ITV News Central region, it's gale force winds until midnight with gusts 50-60mph in places.

After midnight until 7am Thursday, the wind warning is downgraded to a Yellow "Be Aware" warning but it will still be windy, with gusts 40-50mph throughout Thursday.

REMAINDER OF WEDNESDAY

Band of heavy rain should have cleared from the western side of the Central region by 1pm and from the eastern side by 3pm. Heavy showers behind, with some hail. Winds strongest through the south of the region, gusts 50-60mph.Temperatures around average for the time of year, but academic in the wind and rain, 7-8c, 46f.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Winds remain strong overnight but ease a little after midnight. Clear spells, icy stretches and a widespread ground frost expected, lows 0-2c.

THURSDAY

Sunny spells, isolated showers crossing the south of the region later. Gusts 40-50mph. Temperatures average for Thursday, 6-7c 45f, and through the rest of the week.

FRIDAY

Potentially another wet and windy day, like Wednesday, weather warning in place for heavy rain again, especially on Friday evening.

SATURDAY

Showery, quite a few bright spells. Average temps for the time of year 6-7c.

SUNDAY

The better day of the weekend. Quite alot of sun, but feeling cool at 6c 43f. Odd chance of a shower or two.