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Midlands Weather: Feeling Fresh...

As high pressure moves away and low pressure moves in, a cold front will cross the UK. This will bing a fresher feel to our weather.

Steam railway on track for extension

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway is hoping for a bumper season so that it can increase the length of its line.

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Midlands issued with 3 Flood Warnings and 20 Alerts

Three Flood Warnings
Table showing Flood Warnings and Alerts for the Midlands Credit: Environment Agency

To see if your area is one of these at risk from rising waters, click here.

Service back to normal as firefighters strike ends

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.

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18th July Strike Action is now over and normal fire cover has resumed across Herefordshire and Worcestershire

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Midlands heatwave warning for hottest day yet

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Blue Skies Credit: PA

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.

Heatwave warning issued

The Met Office has issued a heatwave warning from Friday to Sunday.

The hot weather could end dramatically on Friday
Meteorologists spot potential for 'Spanish Plume' Credit: DPA

The spell of hot weather could end rather dramatically on Saturday with a 'Spanish Plume' which involves very warm and humid air moving up from the Spanish plateau to the UK.

If this meets cooler air from the Atlantic, the warm air can be forced rapidly upwards to produce thunderstorms.

– Alex Beresford, ITV Weather Presenter

Midlands woman jailed after being drunk on a plane

A 41 year old woman from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire has pleaded guilty for being drunk on an aircraft and racially abusing fellow passengers.

Birmingham Crown Court heard that Marsha Woodwart became racially abusive and aggressive on a Thompson Airline flight from Crete to Birmingham on 19 July 2013 when she was found with a litre bottle of vodka and cigarette in the toilet cubicle.

Cabin crew restrained Woodwart after she became increasing aggressive and began spitting at the crew and other passengers.

She was arrested at Birmingham International Airport and has been sentenced to 10 months in prison.

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End in sight for Gloucestershire flood cleanup

It has been a difficult time for homes and businesses hit by the recent floods. Some residents are still clearing up damage to their properties.

One pub owner in Gloucestershire was forced to close her pub over Christmas. She was completely cut off and says her situation this **time was even worse than the floods in 2007. But, three months on, she says there is finally some good news.

Report finds badger cull 'ineffective & inhumane'

The pilot badger cull took place in Gloucestershire in Autumn 2013 Credit: PA

A Government-commissioned investigation into the 2013 pilot badger culls in one part of the Midlands is said to have found they were ineffective and inhumane, according to BBC reports.

The controversial pilot culls took place in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset in an attempt to tackle the number of cases of TB in cattle, but research found the number of badgers killed fell short of targets set to limit the spread of the disease.

The aim was to kill 70% in cull areas within a six-week period, but fewer than 50% of badgers were killed in both areas during the first six weeks. Over 5% of badgers took longer than five minutes to die, failing the test for humaneness

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DEFRA: We knew there'd be lessons to be learned

The Independent Expert Panel has not submitted its report to ministers and the report has not been published. We knew there’d be lessons to be learned from the first year of the pilot culls which is why we’re looking forward to receiving the panel’s recommendations for improving the way they are carried out, because we need to do all we can to tackle this devastating disease.

– A DEFRA spokesperson
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