Following an exclusive visit by Clive Cookson, Science Editor at the Financial Times to the Met Office earlier in the Month the FT Weekend Magazine ran “So will it rain tomorrow?”. This explores the role of the Met Office in providing weather forecasts to the nation, focusing on the people and technology that make it all happen.
Along with this, Katie Knapman of BBC Countryfile, reported from the Met Office at Middle Wallop, where we serve the Army Air Corps with forecasts in support of their training. Within the piece :Katie Knapman points out that:
“Our army helicopters might never get off the ground if it wasn’t for the Met Office so where better to come for a lesson in weather forecasting,”
Katie also points out that in regard to our forecast service that “Lives depend on it”, “Met Office forecasting is critical” and that the Met Office team of forecasters are “Key to the safety of our pilots in the armed forces”.
The feature on the Met Office is available on BBC iPlayer and runs from 30 to 37 minutes into the programme.
The hot weather in parts of the UK this weekend is also causing a lot of interest. Ahead of the weekend we forecast that the hottest weather would peak across parts of East Anglia, the East Midlands and south east England during today.
As forecast. the weekend saw quite varied weather across the UK, with some places having unsettled conditions and temperatures reaching the low 20s, whilst parts of the south and east had warm and sunny weather with early mist and fog.
Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, Andy Page, added: “There is a 60% chance of some places in East Anglia, the East Midlands and south east England reaching 30 °C on Sunday and Monday. However, it is important to note that not all places will see the hot weather. Cooler weather is expected to spread across all parts of the UK by the middle of next week.”
A thundery breakdown is expected across eastern parts this evening with fresher conditions across many areas tomorrow.