Early mist and low cloud gradually lifting and breaking to give a very warm afternoon with sunny spells and a risk of isolated showers.
Low cloud initially affecting much of the coast will steadily spread inland overnight, with most parts becoming rather cloudy later on.
A new law banning EU migrants from claiming benefits for children living overseas should be introduced, a Midland MP has claimed.
The father of a student from Leicester who died in the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crash says he is 'beyond devastated'.
20-year-old Richard Mayne, who was a former pupil at Dixie Grammar School in Market Bosworth, was among hundreds of people who were killed when the plane came down.
– Simon, Richard's father
When I first saw it on the news, my heart dropped. I just thought, oh god, oh god – I couldn't believe it. We were hoping and praying he had fallen asleep and missed his flight. You think you’ve got problems and them something like this happens and it all just takes over. I can’t even bring myself to look at a photograph of him. We are beyond devastated. It is such a beautiful sunny day but our lives have been torn apart.
University student Richard Mayne from Leicester has been named as one of the nine Britons on board the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Ukraine.
The experienced traveller visited Nepal last year to work with underprivileged children and had trekked to Everest to raise money for charity.
The 20-year-old is originally from Leicester where he lived with his parents.
His University rugby team tweeted:
Hearts go out to the friends & family of Richard Mayne, a popular clubman taken from us too soon. We pay tribute to an honest and kind man
Dramatic CCTV footage has been released of the moment a shopkeeper wrestled armed robbers who were targeting his store in Hinckley.
It happened in February but the footage has only been released after his attackers were jailed over the brutal attack, which was caught on camera in his shop.
37-year-old Raj Rathod initially confronted one of the robbers who ran behind the counter and pulled out a knife.
You can see what happened next here:
Health experts are warning that people could begin to suffer from exhaustion as temperatures across the Midlands continue to rise.
Despite lightning overnight, a heatwave is expected later today.
This mornings fire strike across the Midlands has now concluded.
Firefighters walked out for two hours between the hours of 6am and 8am as the row with Government over pay and conditions continues.
18th July Strike Action is now over and normal fire cover has resumed across Herefordshire and Worcestershire
Today is expected to be the hottest day of the year.
The Met office has issued a yellow level two heatwave warning, with temperatures expected to rise to 28 degrees.
But the weather could break dramatically later, with the threat of thunderstorms this evening.
Doctors say it's important to be aware of the impact heat can have on health.
West Mercia Police have had several reports of children being left in cars in this hot weather - THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS!
Police are warning parents not to leave their children in the cars during the hot weather.
A heatwave is expected across the Midlands as we head towards the weekend.
Campaigners from the village of Stilton in Peterborough are taking their fight to the government to be allowed to use the name Stilton for their cheese.
Under EU law Stilton can only be made by a few dairies in the East Midlands, where it is believed to have originated.
The Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara is backing calls for a review of the decision.
People are being warned to look after the vulnerable as temperatures in our region could rise to more than 30 degrees over the next couple of days.
It comes after the The Met Office issued a heatwave alert for the East Midlands.
The advice is to drink plenty of water and keep out of the sun.
Derbyshire and Leicestershire police forces have each arrested nine suspected paedophiles in the last six months, as part of a joint operation with the National Crime Agency.