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Birmingham set to be warmer than Bordeaux by the weekend.

BALMY Birmingham is set to be warmer than Bordeaux by the weekend as a sub-tropical front sweeps across the region.

The southerly flow will send temperatures climbing to around 14C (58F) - compared to just 10C (50F) in the wine growing area of southern France.

The champagne conditions will replace the cocktail of ice, sleet and bitter winds that have gripped the West Midlands for several days.

milder conditions will arrivse in Birmingham and the Black Country on Thursday when the current Arctic blast is replaced by warmer conditions normally associated with the Mediterranean.

It will feel noticeably milder on Thursday with temperatures approaching the norm for the time of year - before temperatures shoot up to the mid-teens C during the weekend sunshine.

Any rain will be banished by the balmy conditions.

Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell said: "We will have milder conditions on Friday, it will be settled and more spring-like. Thursday and Friday will be drier because of high pressure building up south and with it south-westerly wind with temperatures at 12-13C or most likely more than that."

The spring-like weather is set to remain until the end of the following week when it will be replaced by a wild westerly front from the north Atlantic bringing heavy rain and high winds for the Easter break.

There's even a risk of wintry showers as temperatures plunge again.

Bookies are laying odds that this month could be the chilliest March on record.

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Date:Mar 8, 2016
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