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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.

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PHOTOS: More flashes of lightning from last night's thunderstorm

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Lightning strikes Dudley last night Credit: Demi-Leigh Freeman
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A bolt of lightning in Newcastle-under-Lyme Credit: Robert J McLaughlin
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This was captured over Birmingham in the early hours of this morning Credit: Paul Johnson
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The sky was red with danger as lightning struck Kinghurst in Birmingham Credit: Linz Carter
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The sky above a housing estate in the West Midlands Credit: Rachel Slater

Midlands issued with 3 Flood Warnings and 20 Alerts

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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.

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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

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.

Advice ahead of heatwave set to hit the Midlands

Temperatures in our region could rise to more than 30 degrees
Temperatures in our region could rise to more than 30 degrees Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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.

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Ashleigh and Pudsey return to region for special screening of first feature film

Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey pose for photographs at the premiere of their new film in London.
Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey attend the premiere of their new film in London. Credit: Press Association Images.

Britain's Got Talent winners Ashleigh Butler and her dog Pudsey were back in the region today to be given the freedom of Wellingborough.

Tonight, they'll head to Northampton for a special screening of the dancing duo's first feature film.

Our reporter Olivia Paterson has been there too.

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

When Ashleigh and Pudsey came to ITV News Central

BGT stars Ashleigh and Pudsey from Northamptonshire popped into ITV News Central today ahead of the launch of their first ever film on Friday.

Britain's Got Talent Judge, David Walliams, provides the voice of Pudsey in the film which hits cinemas on Friday.

Sameena and Bob asked them all about the film, how Pudsey is finding life as a movie-star and is there anything he won't do?

Watch the trailer for Pudsey The Dog: The Movie

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