Latest forecast: Improvements on the way

The weather should improve by midnight Credit: PA

The weather should improve significantly by the midnight hour.

The broad band of rain that's been crossing this morning will clear just in time for the New Year celebrations.

So the wet and windy weather of this afternoon will give way to showers this evening and lighter breeze. Clearer air continues to sink into the West Midlands. Cloudier further east.

By 10 or 11pm we can expect lows of around 3 or 4c in the West Midlands. Nearer 7c in the cloudier East Midlands.

So by midnight, temperatures a chilly 2 or 3c, touch of ground frost in places. The winds continue to ease, a bit chilly. Risk of an odd shower in the NW.

Much brighter and drier tomorrow - New Year's Day - new weather. Happy New Year!

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