India vs England World Cup 2019, Weather forecast in Birmingham on Sunday: Clear skies to greet teams at Edgbaston today

India vs England World Cup 2019, Birmingham weather updates on Sunday: As India and England meet at Edgbaston, we bring you the latest rain updates.

Blue skies and fluffy clouds, no worries for the big game.   -  K.C. Vijaya Kumar

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE updates and hourly weather predictions from Birmingham, where India and England will lock horns in a Cricket World Cup 2019 match at Edgbaston.

UPDATE: "Clear skies, warm day; perfect day for cricket," pings K.C. Vijaya Kumar from Birmingham

 

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Feeling the heat| Because of the heat, the members in the Lord's Pavilion during yesterday's Australia vs New Zealand match were permitted to remove their jackets. Last year too, due to the sweltering heat, the MCC had decided to dispense with requirement for gentlemen to wear jackets in the pavilion and arrive wearing one.

Where do they stand| India will join Australia in the semifinals with a win. It has 11 points from six games. Fifth-placed England has eight points from seven games and faces New Zealand in its last group match. Pakistan beat Afghanistan with two balls to spare on Saturday and now leads England by a point.

Here's what the groundsmen were busy doing on the eve of the India-Pakistan match at Old Trafford on June 16, thanks to the inclement weather of course| Halogen lamps dry up Old Trafford outfield on match eve

The 2013 Champions Trophy final between India and England, played at Edgbaston in overcast conditions, was notable for the amount of turn India gained in the second innings. And the host side will be wary of India's spin duo Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. The pitch will have a bearing on the playing 11 in today's India vs England match. What would be your dream XI for today's match?

Do you remember| Last year when India toured England, Kohli and Co. were scheduled to play an one-off practice match against Essex at Chelmsford. Originally, the match was meant to be a four-day game. However, India's think-tank opted to play the match as a warm-up and reduced it to a three-day game; the heat wave across England was one of the chief reasons to shorten the match. Temperatures in London then were a minimum 30C.

England, in fact, knows a thing or two about heat waves. After all, 2018 was the joint hottest summer on record for the UK as a whole, and the hottest ever for England. The heatwave saw soaring temperatures across much of the UK throughout June and July.

Birmingham weather snippet - Courtesy: British Met department

Speaking of soaring temperatures and summer, France registered its highest temperature since records began on Friday as the death toll rose from a heatwave suffocating much of Europe.

The mercury hit 45.8°C in Gallargues-le-Montueux, near Nimes, in Southern France, the weather forecaster Meteo France said. The previous high of 44.1°C was recorded in August 2003.

The World Meteorological Organization said 2019 was on track to be among the world’s hottest years, and that 2015-2019 would then be the hottest five-year period on record.

According to the British Met Department: "It will be a rather cloudy start for some this morning, but the cloud will break up to allow some spells of sunshine to develop. This afternoon will remain dry with further spells of sunshine. Feeling fresher than Saturday, but still warm. Maximum temperature 22 °C."

 

And for those of you wondering how the weather shaped up yesterday, here's a quick update: Birmingham  temperatures reached 31C-32C. The temperatures reached 34C or even 35C in very isolated spots in London or Cambridgeshire.

Birmingham will have sunny intervals and temperatures at 21C. The weather gods have been kind to Team India.

There is a marked change in weather as we head into Sunday with Atlantic air moving across the UK bringing the potential for some heavy showers to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Northern England early on Sunday but the south will see some dry sunny weather. Temperatures are expected to return nearer to normal dry.