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Here's the weather for the start of the bank holiday

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

The sunshine is set to lead to a dry night with long, clear spells - here's the full forecast for the next 24 hours:

Rebecca Wood

You can stay up-to-date on the weather for your area by going to the BBC Weather website.

Bank holiday BBQ plea

Allen Cook

BBC News

Beauty spot barbecue cooks are being urged to be very careful this bank holiday weekend as a fire service bids to avoid another devastating blaze.

Firefighters on the Roaches last summer
Alsager Fire Station

Last summer, an out of control camp fire caused a blaze which spread over 200 acres of moorland at the Roaches, Staffordshire, and took days to put out.

On top of that, the fire service said the number of deliberate grass fires in the county in 2018 more than quadrupled in the first three weeks of the summer school holidays, compared with the year before.

Now, with great weather forecast across the bank holiday, firefighters are pleading for people planning to have a barbecue not to leave it alone at any time, to have a bucket of water nearby and to keep children and pets well away.

Cyclist badly hurt in A34 crash

A cyclist is in a serious condition in hospital after a crash this morning.

The A34 near the Greyhound Inn
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The collision involved another vehicle on the A34 near the Greyhound Inn, Yarlet, between Stafford and Stone, police said.