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#PurpleLightUp highlighting disability and inclusion

Today (3 December) is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Met Office is a Disability Confident Employer and is today showing its commitment towards supporting disability and inclusion in the workplace by lighting up the outside of our … Continue reading

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Young People’s Questions session at the Met Office Climate Science Conference 

Felicity Liggins, Education Outreach Manager  The Met Office Education Outreach team delivers in in-person and virtual events all over the UK and beyond. One of the best things about these events are the brilliant questions young people ask us. Alongside the queries about extreme weather … Continue reading

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Climate projections for heat in UK cities

With the recent COP26 focussing heavily on the chances of keeping global temperature rise below 1.5°C, it might be easy to forget that we are still committed to further climate change and a resulting increase in the frequency and intensity … Continue reading

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What is the chance of the UK experiencing a wetter than average winter?

 The current Three-Month Outlook covers the early winter period of November to January. It is not a daily weather forecast but instead focuses on the likely chance of the average temperature and rainfall amounts occurring during the three month period. … Continue reading

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Environmental Intelligence commitment at COP26

The Met Office and the University of Exeter have signed a landmark collaboration agreement at COP26, formally committing to further grow the work of the Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence. The agreement sees the continuation of the Joint … Continue reading

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Warm and wet October for the UK 

October 2021 was a warm and wet month for the UK, with a typically autumnal mix of weather types with warm spells, frequent showers and some persistent heavy rain. That is according to provisional figures released by the Met Office.   UK mean temperatures have been 1.4°C … Continue reading

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Colder than average conditions for the start of winter?

In coming weeks you can expect to hear more in the media about the impacts on the UK’s late autumn and winter weather emanating from La Niña: part of a pattern of climate variability in the tropical Pacific. Seasoned climate … Continue reading

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The solar cycle and space weather 

You may have noticed solar flares, sun spots and coronal mass ejections have been in the news this week, following a space weather event which led to aurora borealis sightings in some northern parts of the UK between the cloudy weather. While the event itself was moderate, it does showcase the move to a new … Continue reading

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The feasibility of calculating an individual’s contribution to extreme weather events

Climate change is making some forms of extreme weather events, such as heatwaves and heavy rainfall, more frequent and more intense. Communities affected by those events inevitably suffer economic, social and societal impacts. The rising number of extreme weather events … Continue reading

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A look back at the successes of WISER 2

As the second phase of the Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) Programme comes to a close, Met Office WISER Programme Manager Kate Ferguson gives an overview of the achievements and learnings from the programme. I first wrote … Continue reading

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