Monthly Archives: May 2015

A cold and wet May

The early May figures (1st – 27 May) show it has been a wet month over all, typified by cool, showery conditions, although there have been some drier interludes during the second half of the month. Maximum temperatures have been … Continue reading

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Met Office collaborates with US on severe storm prediction

Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are among the most damaging types of weather in the world – yet they pose a complex challenge to forecasters around the world. Research is being carried out into this type of severe weather with the … Continue reading

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Indian Heatwave

A pre-monsoon heatwave continues to affect parts of India and Pakistan. Temperatures on Tuesday widely reached the mid-forties, with 48C recorded in Sibi, Pakistan, 47C in Daltonganj, northeast India and 45C in the capital New Delhi. Wednesday’s highest temperatures were … Continue reading

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Predictions of a below average Atlantic hurricane season

The Met Office Atlantic tropical storm forecast for 2015 is for eight tropical storms between June and November, with a 70% chance (the ‘70% range’) that the number will be in the range six to ten. This is below-normal relative … Continue reading

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A wet start to May

It has been a wet start to May with the UK already having seen more than its normal full-month rainfall after just 17 days. Early Met Office figures up to the 17th of the month show the UK has had … Continue reading

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Met Office awarded for its collaborative work overseas

The International Development team at the Met Office has won a prestigous award for its work helping increase the access, use and benefits of climate information services to 2.4 million people in Kenya. The British Expertise International Award for ‘Outstanding … Continue reading

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El Niño and its impact on global weather

Forecast centres around the world have now declared that an El Niño, the most powerful fluctuation in our climate system, has begun in the tropical Pacific. For more than a year, scientists have been talking of an increased risk of … Continue reading

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Record May temperatures for Spain

Update: On Thursday, records were broken once again across southeast Spain. Valencia equalled Lanzarote Airport’s 42.6C from the previous day. Other stations in the Valenciana region exceeded this value, with Xativa and Carcaixent reaching 42.7C and 42.9C respectively; however these … Continue reading

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Possible record heat in Spain, while heavy rain and snow affect the Alps

Parts of Spain, Portugal and southern France are experiencing unusually high temperatures at the moment. On Tuesday, Seville recorded 38C, and today will be another very hot day for the time of year, with temperatures widely expected to reach the … Continue reading

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Ten Tors

This weekend sees the 2015 Ten Tors challenge and once again, the Met Office will be providing tailored forecasts for the organisers to help with event planning and coordination. This year, for the first time, an Operational Meteorologist will also … Continue reading

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