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Climate Data Challenge – working in partnership for innovation

As Governments, organisations and individuals around the world seek to tackle the challenges of climate change, creativity and innovation are key to finding ways to improve our resilience to weather and climate. Our scientists work at the forefront of global … Continue reading

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Records broken as temperate end to March offsets earlier cold spell

March 2021’s overall provisional climate statistics show a 0.9°C average temperature increase from 1981-2010 national averages for the month, as some high temperatures during the latter part of the month saw several stations break their existing records for their warmest March day.   Particularly low temperatures started the month for large parts of the … Continue reading

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Atmospheric carbon dioxide passing ‘gloomy’ milestone

This year the climate is passing a gloomy threshold. The concentration of carbon-dioxide in the atmosphere is reaching 417 parts per million: an increase of 50 per cent since humans embarked on the industrial revolution and began to emit greenhouse … Continue reading

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Did the weather fuel climate-changing forest fires in the Amazon in 2019?

In 2019 there was a sudden spike in Amazon fires that captured the world’s media attention. Between them the blazes destroyed 906,000 hectares of rainforest – an area larger than the island of Corsica. The thousands of fires produced around … Continue reading

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Scottish Flood Forecasting Service marks 10th Anniversary

The Scottish Flood Forecasting Service (SFFS) is today (Tuesday 9 March) marking a decade of supporting Scotland’s preparedness and response to flooding. Staffed around the clock 365 days a year, the service has been combining hydrological and meteorological data to … Continue reading

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Coldest January since 2010, but not exceptional by historical standards

January, with an average temperature of 2.2 °C, has been the coldest January across the UK since 2010. In that year the average UK January temperature was 0.9 °C; the coldest January on record was 1963 with a mean temperature … Continue reading

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Rainfall on UK’s wettest day on record could have more than filled Loch Ness

Saturday 3 October 2020 is now the wettest day on record since 1891 for UK-wide rainfall. It received the greatest rainfall in any single day averaged out across the UK, beating the previous record on the 25 August 1986. Dr … Continue reading

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Climate Change: The perfect fuel for wildfires? 

As wildfires continue to rage in North and South America, Met Office Chief Scientist Professor Stephen Belcher examines what has led to the potentially record-breaking scale of fires and what science is needed to contain the risks.  Last year wildfires ravaged Australia. This year has seen reports of extensive fires in the Amazon, in California, and earlier this … Continue reading

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Global temperature: how does 2020 compare so far?

The Earth’s average temperature has increased by about 1 degree C since pre-industrial times, which for the climate record is calculated as the period 1850-1900. Although this is an average, some regions are experiencing a much faster rate of warming. … Continue reading

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A local look at the record-breaking Spring and May weather

Both the month of May and the full spring season have been exceptional for the UK, as outlined in our recent news release. In this blog we look at the local detail of what has been an exceptionally sunny and … Continue reading

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