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Parts of Pakistan and north-west India to endure +50C temperatures

A brutal heatwave that has enveloped parts of southern Asia since the end of April looks set to intensify, says the latest forecast from the Met Office. Nick Silkstone is a meteorologist with the Met Office’s Global Guidance Unit. He … Continue reading

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Exploring Anglian Water’s water resource extremes using novel techniques

Climate change projections show UK rainfall patterns are expected to shift, placing extra challenges on regional water companies seeking security of supply for their customers. One of the regions that could potentially be most affected is East Anglia, where much … Continue reading

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‘Weather forecasts make a real difference when lives could be in danger’

The Met Office weather forecast helps people make better decisions to stay safe and make the most of their day. In fact, 83% of the public trust the Met Office to do just that*.   But Met Office forecasts are also … Continue reading

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Warmer weather on the way, but will it be a heatwave?

The transition from spring to summer looks set to continue next week, with higher temperatures in the forecast thanks to a spell of high pressure, but would it be classed as an official Met Office heatwave? After an unsettled end … Continue reading

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April showers dwindled in dry month

April showers were in short supply for the UK in 2022, according to provisional figures from the Met Office. The UK had around a third less rainfall than its average for the month, with southern areas especially dry as high … Continue reading

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The role for Met Office in Net Zero

What does Net Zero mean for the Met Office and where can our world-leading science and capability help? The UK has pledged to become Net Zero by 2050. That means that the UK’s emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere … Continue reading

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Why has April been so dry?

‘April showers’ have been in short supply this month for the UK, but just how dry has it been and why? April 2022 has been predominantly settled so far. High-pressure has influenced the weather for much of the month, blocking … Continue reading

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Is the glossy ibis about to spread its wings to colonise the UK?

A range of climate factors are in alignment that could help the UK make wildlife history this spring and summer. Extremely dry conditions in southern Iberia and a relatively higher mean winter temperature over the UK has encouraged large number … Continue reading

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What’s the weather outlook for the bank holiday weekend?

After what has been a mild and settled week for many, there’s a signal for some brief interludes of showery rain during the bank holiday weekend, although the details are still being determined.   High pressure has been sitting over the … Continue reading

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Sir Patrick Vallance highlights the ‘trusted’ voices of climate science

In a hearing of the House of Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee yesterday [26 April, 2022] Sir Patrick Vallance – the Government Chief Scientist – indicated the role and trust of climate science in helping achieve climate targets. He … Continue reading

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