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Spring has arrived...

British Summer Time begins this weekend and is marked by the clocks going forward by 60 minutes, at 2am on Sunday 30 March 2014.

Fire safety - tick tock test

Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they work. Fire Minister Brandon Lewis MP, is encouraging everyone to check their smoke alarms at the same time they change their clocks. "You are four times more people are likely to die in a fire in your home if there is no working smoke alarm, this simple check is a real life saver. By pushing the 'test' button on every smoke alarm, you could save the lives of your nearest and dearest - children, parents and friends alike."

The  Fire Kills campaign is run by the Department for Communities and Local Government in partnership with England's fire and rescue services.

Winter 2013/2014 summary

It was the wettest winter for the UK, England, Wales and Scotland, and the second wettest winter for Northern Ireland in the record series dating from 1910. It was the stormiest UK weather for 20 years with at least 12 major winter storms affecting the UK in two spells from mid-December to early January, and again from late January to mid-February.

See the info-graphic below for more facts and figures on the recent winter weather.

As we have moved into Spring our Get Ready for Winter initiative is drawing to a close. Thank you to all the partners involved for their support and contributions.

Summer 2014

As June approaches, we will be launching our Get Ready for a Great British Summer campaign. The initiative aims to help you plan and enjoy the summer, whatever the weather.  Covering the main summer holiday season, the 16 week campaign recognises that a great British summer is likely to see a mix of weather and will feature ideas and safety tips to help you make the most of the summer.

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  • Easter

    18 April - 21 April - Check your local weather forecast before heading out this Easter holiday weekend.

  • BUPA Great Edinburgh Run

    27 April - Check the local weather forecast if you are taking part in this year's BUPA Great Edinburgh Run.

  • Aviva Premiership Rugby Fixtures

    6 September - 31 May - Before you head to any of the 2013/2014 Aviva Premiership Rugby fixtures, check the weather forecast for each venue.

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