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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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Early April statistics

Early provisional statistics for April (1st-26th) show that overall it has also been a sunny and warm month so far compared to the long-term 1981-2010 average. Following on from the mid-month statistics, Middlesex remains the driest historical county with 2.7mm … Continue reading

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Storm Desmond – one year on

Storm Desmond was the fourth named storm of the 2015/16 winter season.  It brought severe gales with gusts of wind up to 81 mph together with record-breaking rainfall leading to flooding across parts of northern England. It was associated with … Continue reading

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Autumn and November 2016 statistics

We’ve seen a wide variety of weather this autumn from the warmest day of the year to snow; although early statistics (1 September – 30 November) show overall has been a fairly average season. Despite September proving to be the … 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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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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Is the weather going to be record breaking?

There has been some suggestion that this May could be the hottest ever recorded in the UK.  However, unfortunately, it really is still too early to be sure about the final figures.  The mid month UK statistics (1-15 May 2016) show, … Continue reading

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Is this summer going to be record breaking?

There are headlines in the media today suggesting the UK is in for a “hotter than usual summer”.  This prediction seems to have been based on the latest Met Office three month outlook for contingency planners. As we’ve discussed previously, … Continue reading

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Reporting the weather across the UK

December 2015 was the wettest calendar month for the UK in a series of monthly weather records stretching back to 1910. But why does the Met Office state 1910 when listing records, especially when some records existed well before that … Continue reading

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