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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 projections show extreme UK’s weather will become even more extreme

“The UK’s set of climate projections are the best window we have on how climate change is likely to affect us out to the end of the century,” said Professor Jason Lowe OBE*, the lead for UKCP – the UK’s … Continue reading

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How will La Nina affect our winter weather?

La Niña is now present in the tropical Pacific and forecasters are suggesting these conditions will continue throughout the winter months.   La Niña is one of the three phases of the phenomenon known as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, El Niño – the warm phase, La Niña – the cool phase and lastly the neutral phase. During La Niña … 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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Atlantic tropical storms forming at a record pace

Author: Julian Heming, Met Office Tropical Prediction Scientist. Update 21 Sept 2020 Shortly after publishing the blog below two more storms were named. A low pressure system near Portugal was named Subtropical Storm Alpha, which made landfall later on Friday … Continue reading

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EUMETSAT selects Phil Evans as its new Director General

We are very pleased to share the news that former Met Office Operations Director, Phil Evans, has been appointed as the new Director General of EUMETSAT. EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) is an intergovernmental organisation dedicated … Continue reading

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End of June statistics

While June 2020 overall was not a record-breaking month, it has been notable for many, with some heavy rainfall at times. And, despite cooler days in the inclement weather, there was a notable heatwave and there have been some warmer … 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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The impact of coronavirus on Met Office observations

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis continues to affect the activities of society as a whole, and the weather observing network is no exception. The pandemic has led to a sharp fall in the number of flights around the world and therefore a loss of aircraft-based observations, including … 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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