Tag Archives: Drought

Pre-Monsoon in southern Asia

Southern Asia has seen some extreme weather recently, with heavy rainfall and high temperatures. But how unusual is this? In the last few days temperatures have often been above 50 C in northwest India, and the highest ever temperature record  was … Continue reading

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Cold weather on the way for the UK, but what about elsewhere in the world?

As the UK prepares for unseasonably cold weather, elsewhere around the globe we are seeing heatwaves, droughts, tropical storms and rainfall. A very warm air mass across the Pacific Northwest of North America has built a ridge of high pressure … Continue reading

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Large changes in tropical rainfall expected due to greenhouse gas emissions

A new Met Office study has found that, if global greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced, we are likely to see large changes to the rainfall in tropical countries. Scientists found that the size of these changes will be strongly … Continue reading

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Stark weather contrasts across the USA

While the UK continues to see fairly typical winter weather, over the other side of the Atlantic the US is experiencing some stark contrasts. While some parts in the west are seeing warm and dry conditions, eastern areas are seeing … Continue reading

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Guest blog: ‘Risk of summer drought at normal levels’

There have been some reports in the press that the Met Office has warned dry weather this June could bring a return of drought conditions to the UK – this is not the case. Here Victoria Williams, Water Resources Advisor … Continue reading

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Why does it always rain on the UK?

After the wettest April in records dating back to 1910 and an unsettled start to May, parts of the UK are set to see more heavy rain today and tomorrow. With all the wet weather, many people have been asking … Continue reading

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April already wettest in a century

This April is the wettest in the UK  in records which date back to 1910, according to early Met Office figures up to the 29th of the month. Further rain is to come overnight tonight as outbreaks of heavy and … Continue reading

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Wet and windy weekend

Large parts of the UK have seen very wet and windy conditions over the weekend. Winds have gusted up to about 70mph in the most exposed locations, with many parts of the country seeing gusts of 40-50mph. The strongest gust … Continue reading

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Guest blog: It’s raining – why have we still got a drought?

Trevor Bishop is Head of Water Resources at the Environment Agency. Here he explains why, despite the rain, we are still in a drought. In true bank holiday spirit the weather turned wet for the Easter holidays and it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Met Office in the Media: 19 April 2012

The wet weather across parts of the UK at the moment has generated comments about how wet this April as a whole may pan out in the record books.  As we have said in blogs previously, it is just too … Continue reading

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