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December on track to be the mildest on record

Mowing the lawn has been the reality for some so far this December, with unseasonably high temperatures. It looks as though the UK is on track to break the record for the warmest December since records began in 1910 and … Continue reading

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Mild start to December

Looking at figures dating back to 1960 this has been the mildest start to December for Wales (8.7C), south west England (9.8C) and south east England (10C), and the 4th warmest for the UK as a whole (7.1C), with 1979, … Continue reading

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The science questions following a global deal on climate

There has been a huge amount of worldwide media coverage following the weekend’s announcement of a globally agreed deal to try to limit global warming to 2 °C or less. Here Professor Stephen Belcher, the Director of the Met Office’s … Continue reading

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Did climate change have an impact on Storm Desmond?

The exceptional rainfall in Cumbria over the past few days saw the fall of numerous records and has led many to ask whether it is linked to climate change. The records are based on digitised data going back to the … Continue reading

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Wind and rain records for Storm Desmond

Storm Desmond, the fourth named storm of the season, bought widespread heavy rain and storm force winds to areas of northern England and Scotland. The rainfall experienced in many parts of the north west of the UK is thought to … Continue reading

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Storm Barney highest wind speeds

Storm Barney swept across the southern half of the UK as forecast yesterday evening, bringing gusts of up to 85mph, and has now left our shores. Thousands of homes were left without power in Wales, the Midlands, and in southern … Continue reading

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Warm start to November

Early provisional figures* (1-15 November) show the first half of November has been very mild with maximum daily temperatures 3.8C above average for the UK Central England Temperature data set shows the start to the month has been the second … Continue reading

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Warm, sunny and dry October

Early provisional figures (1-28 October) show sunshine and temperatures were above normal in almost all places this month while rainfall has been below average, especially in western areas. Much of October has been relatively settled, with high pressure dominating our … Continue reading

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Hurricane Joaquin lashes the Bahamas but will it hit the USA?

In recent months attention has focused on the very active tropical cyclone season in the Pacific Ocean brought about primarily by the strong El Niño which has developed this year. Meanwhile, the Atlantic has been very quiet with most tropical … Continue reading

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State of the UK climate 2014

Our climate in the UK is changing and therefore it is essential that we record those changes accurately. The foundation for this monitoring comes from our extensive network of meteorological observations. The Met Office National Climate Information Centre is responsible … Continue reading

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