Category Archives: Met Office News

A tour of global meteorology in 50, 30-second topics

Every day there will be an article published somewhere in the world about life-threatening weather or a changing global climate. We’re not short of news content, occasionally spiced with a liberal dose of hyperbole. However, until now there have been … Continue reading

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Fire and floods – weather around the globe

The weather has had a major impact on a number of events at the Olympics in Rio, with postponements for both tennis and rowing. Many places around the rest of the world are also experiencing interesting weather at the moment. … Continue reading

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Is it going to turn hotter?

So far this summer we have seen quite a variety of weather. There were heavy and thundery showers in June, plenty of dry weather through July, and then August started wet for many with strong winds in the north over … Continue reading

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North-south rainfall divide for July

The early July statistics (1st -28th) show a stark contrast in the UK between parts of the north and south as far as rainfall is concerned. St Catherine’s Point, on the Isle of Wight, recorded only 1.4 mm of rain, … Continue reading

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Record breaking rainfall and cold weather grips South Africa.

There has been snowfall, heavy rain, and flooding across parts of South Africa as a low pressure system moves slowly along the southern coast. Flooding and mudslides have been reported in and around Durban with the city recording 150mm of … Continue reading

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Heat and rainfall making headlines around the world

While the UK has seen a brief spell of hot weather this week followed by thunderstorms in some areas, heat and rainfall have also been making headlines in other parts of the world. The North Pacific hurricane season has also … Continue reading

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Saving Lives at Sea – a window on the work of the RNLI

This evening, the vital life-saving work of the RNLI will be highlighted in the first of a major new four-part documentary on BBC1: Saving Lives at Sea. The Met Office enjoys a special relationship with the RNLI because in August … Continue reading

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Unusual clouds spotted over southern England

There were a number of sightings of unusual and striking cloud formations over the weekend as the UK experienced a mix of weather. Photos were taken in Dorset, particularly the Poole and Bournemouth areas. This particular photograph looks as if … Continue reading

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Stunning North Sea phytoplankton bloom

The Met Office, in conjunction with our partners at NASA, have managed to get some stunning satellite pictures of phytoplankton blooms in parts of the North Sea. This natural phenomenon has been occurring through much of June and into July. … Continue reading

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How our forecasts measure up

You may have read an article in a paper about verification of weather forecasts. We appreciate the importance of this as it is essential our users trust the forecasts ‘when it matters’, and by anybody’s standards the results below are … Continue reading

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