The Met Office provides a range of information under the Public Weather Service (PWS), which is funded by the UK Government. This includes generating everything from day-to-day site-specific forecasts to long range forecasts.
We are also responsible for the National Severe Weather Warning Service, which aims to give advance warning of extreme weather to the public, businesses, emergency services and Government.
The aims of the PWS are to:
The Public Weather Service Customer Group is responsible for overseeing the PWS on behalf of the public, reporting to and advising the Minister of State for Universities and Science.
The PWSCG is mainly funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on behalf of Government. In addition, the Civil Aviation Authority pays towards the service to underpin its services for UK and global aviation. Some research and development projects receive additional funding from other sources, including the EU. The current total PWSCG funding is approximately £83 million p.a.
The outputs listed in Public Weather (PDF, 246 kB) are what is provided as part of the Met Office's public task.
The report into the Public Weather Service's value to the UK economy has been produced by PA Consulting Group on behalf of the PWS Customer Group.
Focusing on the services available to UK emergency planners and responders and aims to:
To see the full range of services available to UK emergency planners and responders please download the Emergency Response brochure.
Last updated: 19 May 2014