Category Archives: Met Office News

COP26 – 100 days to go

COP – or Conference of Parties, is an annual United Nations climate summit where world leaders meet to discuss and make decisions on key global issues. In attendance will be countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) back in 1994. This year sees the arrival of the much-awaited … Continue reading

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Pole to pole on a tipping point journey

There is one climate topic that you’re likely to hear a lot about this year: tipping points. In the context of climate science, a tipping point can occur when a relatively small change can have a large and irreversible effect … Continue reading

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Get ready for tomorrow: Met Office launches climate newsletter

The Met Office is launching a new Climate Newsletter to inform decision makers, scientists and the public about the very latest climate news and debates. The twice-monthly email newsletter will bring together the latest research, news and developments on the … Continue reading

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Tracking Extremes in a Changing Climate

It is often through extreme weather events, such as heatwaves and heavy rainfall, that the impacts from climate change first affect us, presenting the greatest shocks to our wellbeing, key infrastructure, the economy and our environment. Scientists from the Met … Continue reading

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Warm June heralds start of summer, despite recent unsettled weather

Summer has kicked off with a predominantly warm and sunny June compared to the long-term averages, according to provisional statistics from the Met Office.   Although conditions have been more unsettled for some in recent weeks, the UK has had above average temperatures for the … Continue reading

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Heatwave record for Pacific North West

A record-breaking heatwave is devastating parts of northwestern North America, and the heat is expected to continue now through much of this week. Temperatures in parts of the northwest USA and southwest Canada are likely to reach as high as … Continue reading

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When will climate tipping points, actually tip?

What are climate tipping points and how will we know when they have been breached? A collection of climate scientists provide insight to these fundamental questions by looking at a series of potential tipping points around the world in the … Continue reading

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Is the hay fever season worse than normal this year?

The sniffling noses and streaming eyes that accompany summer for many hay fever sufferers are currently in full force, with the pollen count high across many areas of the UK, as it has been for some weeks. But is it worse than … Continue reading

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Why the Met Office is launching a new extreme heat warning

Although hot weather can often be seen as ‘good news’ and is enjoyed by many, it can have serious consequences. Research shows that, as a result of climate change, we are now much more likely to see prolonged spells of hot weather here in the UK. The impacts of … Continue reading

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Risks to the UK from climate change now higher than ever, says major new report

Today [Wednesday 16 June, 2021] the Climate Change Committee (CCC) publish their Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk Evidence Report. Informed by a 1500-page technical report, the assessment highlights an array of climate risks which could affect the UK, with … Continue reading

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