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The latest on Hurricane Matthew and Typhoon Chaba

Hurricane Matthew Hurricane Matthew has strengthened slightly as it has tracked slowly north towards Haiti. It is making landfall over the southwestern tip of Haiti as a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale with sustained winds near … Continue reading

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Hurricane Matthew and Typhoon Chaba

Over the weekend Hurricane Matthew made headlines as it became the first hurricane in the Atlantic or Caribbean to reach category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale since Felix in 2007. Although its intensity soon dropped back slightly, it … Continue reading

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September warmth in the UK

Figures and text updated 4 October 2016 with provisional full month data. Despite a mixture of weather across the UK, two warm spells around the 9th and 13th of the month helped boost temperatures, with this September provisionally the equal-second … Continue reading

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What’s happening around the globe

People in some parts of the globe are anticipating the arrival of extreme weather. Australia Thousands of homes in South Australia are without power as an unusually deep area of low pressure moves across the area bringing gale force winds, … Continue reading

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Thunderstorms bring an end to September heat

If temperatures reach 30 ºC in the south east of England today (15 Sept 2016) it will be the first consecutive 3-day September period where temperatures reached over 30 ºC since 1929.   However this is the last of the hot … Continue reading

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Innovative Met Office science helps new Flood Resilience Review

Following last winter’s flooding events the Government asked the Met Office to estimate the potential for record-breaking rainfall in the UK over the next 10 years. This work was part of the National Flood Resilience Review (NFRR). The Met Office … Continue reading

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North-south rainfall divide for July

The early July statistics (1st -28th) show a stark contrast in the UK between parts of the north and south as far as rainfall is concerned. St Catherine’s Point, on the Isle of Wight, recorded only 1.4 mm of rain, … Continue reading

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Record breaking rainfall and cold weather grips South Africa.

There has been snowfall, heavy rain, and flooding across parts of South Africa as a low pressure system moves slowly along the southern coast. Flooding and mudslides have been reported in and around Durban with the city recording 150mm of … Continue reading

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A mixed June so far

So far in June there has been quite a variation in the weather we have seen. The start of the month brought some warm and sunny weather, especially in the west. However, more recently it has been rather more unsettled … Continue reading

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Will summer be a washout or a scorcher?

Summer is a time when many look forward to enjoying the great outdoors, but all too often the British weather can, quite literally, dampen our spirits. The Met Office has just released its contingency planners’ outlook covering the period for … Continue reading

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