Monthly Archives: April 2016

The outlook for the May Day Bank Holiday weekend

The Bank Holiday forecast shows rain for many parts of the UK, but particularly the north-west, with heavy bursts affecting western Scotland, Cumbria, the northwest of Wales and parts of Northern Ireland from Sunday night into Monday. It will be … Continue reading

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Despite the cold weather April has been an average month

Provisional early figures for April 2016 (1st – 27th) show that so far, despite the chilly temperatures and snow seen by many, the month has been around normal with rainfall at 96% of average, sunshine 94% of average and the … Continue reading

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Snow in late April, more common than you may think

This week many places have seen the type of weather you may usually associate with winter than late April, with wintry showers observed as far south as southern counties of England. However, snow at this time of year is not … Continue reading

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What’s the chance of an April shower?

How probability helps our understanding of weather events Springtime in the UK can be fickle. Longer, warmer days create anticipation of summer, yet the extra heat from the sun can fuel the development of clouds leading to April showers. By … Continue reading

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The weather on the day of the Queen’s birth

Today is the Queen’s 90th birthday and if you are out and about today the weather for many of us should be dry and fine with some weak sunshine. However back in 1926 when the Queen was born the picture … Continue reading

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Cold weather on the way for the UK, but what about elsewhere in the world?

As the UK prepares for unseasonably cold weather, elsewhere around the globe we are seeing heatwaves, droughts, tropical storms and rainfall. A very warm air mass across the Pacific Northwest of North America has built a ridge of high pressure … Continue reading

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Cold again this weekend

After a cool few days, temperatures will recover through the middle part of this week, before turning cooler again by the weekend. The cool spell we saw during the weekend just gone, and the colder conditions expected at the end … Continue reading

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Met Office scientist wins international award for ‘landmark’ climate science

Met Office scientist Rosie Eade has received international recognition and an award for her landmark research on the predictability of Atlantic climate seasons for years ahead. Much of the weather in the North Atlantic is dominated by the strength of … Continue reading

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Late-season tropical cyclone Zena in the South Pacific

Over the last few hours Tropical Cyclone Zena has formed across the northern islands of Vanuatu in the south-west Pacific . This is a late-season storm, with the southern hemisphere season typically tailing off in April. As we said in … Continue reading

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If the world has another record warm year, will everywhere be warmer?

Across the world 2015 was the hottest year on record. When compared with the long-term average between 1850 and 1900, the temperature was around 1C warmer. This increase is mostly the result of long-term warming linked to greenhouse gases, but … Continue reading

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