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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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Finding resilience to city heat in Southern Asia

An unusually intense pre-monsoon heatwave has been affecting northwest India, Pakistan and other parts of Southern Asia this year. Parts of Pakistan reached 51°C earlier this month, while India recorded its hottest March since 1901, and May temperatures in north … Continue reading

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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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Europe needs to prepare for temperatures of 50C in future

Syracuse, in Sicily, has provisionally exceeded the previous European highest temperature with a record of 48.8°C yesterday. If the record is confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization, this temperature will break the previous record of 48.0°C in Athens in 1977. … Continue reading

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Exceptional research and innovation continue to drive improvements in our science

Now more than ever, it is clear that we are living in uncertain times, and we have all felt unsure of what the future will bring. At this time of great need, science has given us a beacon of hope, … Continue reading

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Summer temperature 2018 – the ‘new normal’?

The Met Office Chief Scientist, Professor Stephen Belcher, appeared on BBC Newsnight on Tuesday evening to talk about current extreme temperatures and climate change. The interviewer Emily Maitlis asked if the current hot temperatures we are seeing can be considered the … Continue reading

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The summer so far

As we are all aware this summer has been hot and dry so far and there has been much speculation comparing the season so far to record-breaking summers of the past. But has it been as hot and dry as … Continue reading

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Will summer be a washout or a scorcher?

The Met Office has recently released its contingency planners’ outlook covering the period for June, July and August, with some sources suggesting this is predicting a summer heatwave. But what does this early look at what might be in store … Continue reading

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Review of the year – 2017 UK weather

2017 saw named storms and heatwaves affect the UK, but perhaps the most memorable day was October 16 when the 30th anniversary of the 1987 Great Storm was marked by an ex-hurricane generating headlines as the sky and the sun … Continue reading

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