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Unremarkable month brings Spring to a close

A very average month of May has brought Spring 2019 to a close, with temperatures, sunshine and rainfall all close to the long-term averages for the UK. There have been regional differences though, with a clear split between north and … Continue reading

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A day in the sun for Met Office Scientists at Royal Meteorological Society Awards

Scientists from across the Met Office have been recognised for their work at the Royal Meteorological Society Awards. In total 11 Met Office employees received awards at the ceremony held in London. The award recipients were: The L F Richardson … Continue reading

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Changing climate = a changing view of the British & Irish garden

In late February 2019, an historic climate event occurred. A flow of very warm southerly air (in conjunction with an area of high pressure) resulted in the first recorded occurrence of temperatures in excess of 20 °C during a UK … Continue reading

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A varied April comes to a warm conclusion

April 2019 will be remembered for a combination of both cold and very warm conditions; the latest statistics show that the warmer spells boosted UK mean temperatures to provisionally 1°C above the long-term average when looking at the month as a whole. After a cold, … Continue reading

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My career in climate

Sir David Attenborough looks at the science of and potential solutions to climate change in a new BBC Documentary (broadcast 9pm Thurs 18 April 2019). Met Office climate scientist Professor Peter Stott appears in the programme and also supported the … Continue reading

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A warm and wet March

Rain may not be the first thing you think about when reflecting on March 2019, but it was in fact the 5th wettest March on record for the UK as a whole. Much of the rain fell during the first half of March and for many (except north west Scotland) there was a rather dry … Continue reading

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Will we see a record-breaking spring?

There have been some headlines in the media in the last few days around predictions for a record-breaking spring in the UK. It would appear these stories have been based, in part, on the latest Met Office three-month outlook produced … Continue reading

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Storm Hannah or no Storm Hannah?

That is the question. And the answer from the Met Office is no, not this weekend.  Which left many people (including us) feeling quite confused as we read headlines like “Hell storm Hannah” and “Britain to be battered by Storm … Continue reading

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Prestigious Award for Met Office scientist.

A Met Office Hadley Centre scientist has won a prestigious award for his pioneering research into sea level rise and its response to anthropogenic climate change. Professor Jonathan Gregory has been given a prestigious BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award (Climate … Continue reading

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Is there another ‘Beast from the East’ on the way?

There have been many headlines in recent days proclaiming a return of the ‘Beast from the East’ and ‘triple polar vortex to trigger heavy snow’ with bookies reportedly cutting the odds that this month will end as the coldest January … Continue reading

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