How the Met Office website uses cookies

Cookies

The Met Office uses anonymous cookies to improve your experience of our website.

A cookie is a piece of information which is saved as a small text file on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. It is generated by the website that you are visiting and tells the website when you return.

The Met Office uses anonymous cookies to improve your experience of our website. We use them to remember your favourite locations and how you have customised pages so that you don't have to re-enter this information each time you visit. The cookies that we use do not contain any of your personal information or contact details.

In addition to those cookies that we set ourselves, we also use cookies set by other people. These are known as third-party cookies and we use them for;

Improving our website. Anonymous analytics cookies show trends in how people use our site and help us make decisions on how to improve the user experience by making content better and easier to find. As a UK government site, we also have to report on website usage as presented in the  data for financial year 2010/2011.

Allowing you to share content. Social media sites such as YouTube and Twitter also set third party cookies on our website which enable you to share content with your social network.

Making advertising more interesting. Some advertisers on our website also use cookies to collect anonymous statistical and behavioural data. This may include whether a visitor has seen an advertisement and how they have responded to it. These cookies also enable us to ensure that the adverts that you see are more relevant and possibly more interesting to you.

Further information on which Met Office cookies we use and what we use them for is available on our website. More general information about how government web sites use cookies can be found on Cookies on GOV.UK.

You can turn cookies off, however due to their role of enhancing or enabling usability and site processes, disabling cookies may prevent you from being able to use certain parts of this website.

If you would like to disable cookies on your machine, you can do this through your browser settings. The 'Help' function within your browser will tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Last updated: 30 October 2012