Category Archives: Met Office News

How many days of thunder do we have in the UK? 

The heatwave ended with a bang for many of us earlier this week as thunderstorms hit the UK after several weeks of record-breaking hot and dry weather. According to the Met Office’s next generation lightning location system, there were 26,718 … Continue reading

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Monitoring and responding to sea level rise  

In our recent blog post, we introduced our August climate theme of sea level rise, explored some of the different aspects, and looked at how climate change can influence sea levels at a global and regional scale. In this blog, … Continue reading

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How will the summer end: ‘bang’ or ‘whimper’?

The summer 2022 has been remarkable on many fronts, says Paul Davies Met Office Fellow (Meteorology). We exceeded the 40°C threshold for the first time ever, and for England the January-July period has had 69% of average rainfall making it … Continue reading

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Get ClimateReady – What is meant by sea level rise?

This month, as part of our Get ClimateReady campaign, we will be exploring the theme of sea level rise, a topic which has been of significant interest this year. Simply put, “sea level rise” refers to the rise in the … Continue reading

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Climate study backs up Met Office research

A study published today [Friday 29 July] by World Weather Attribution supports a previous Met Office study that was published before this summer and which looked at the prospect of 40°C in the UK. The Met Office study found that … Continue reading

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Climate adaptation monitoring – a necessary challenge 

In May 2021, we brought scientists, policymakers, community representatives and climate communicators from around the globe together at our virtual Climate Science Conference. Its aim was to set out a vision for how climate science and services can be harnessed … Continue reading

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July 2022: a dry run for UK’s future climate? 

So far July 2022 has been the driest July in England since 1911. Up to 26 July there has been only 15.8mm of rain averaged across England; this is only 24% of the amount we would expect in an average … Continue reading

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Climate monitoring – gathering marine observations in hard-to-reach locations

Throughout July, we have been exploring the theme of climate monitoring. This is crucial as a means for gathering data which informs our understanding of the current state of our climate and enables us to make predictions about future climate … Continue reading

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Summer 2022: a historic season for northern hemisphere heatwaves

Today [Tuesday 19 July 2022] has been a momentous day for the UK’s climate. Professor Stephen Belcher – Met Office Chief Scientist – and Prof Paul Davies – Met Office Chief Meteorologist – put the UK’s and European heatwave into … Continue reading

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Climate monitoring through historical data 

It is mid July 2022. We are currently experiencing a significant – at the time of writing provisionally record-breaking – heatwave for the UK. Red weather warnings for extreme heat are in force for large parts of England and forecasts … Continue reading

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