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Guide to email alert service

The Met Office now offers its web visitors a convenient way to keep up to date with email alerts. Users can sign up for email alerts about specific topic areas of the Met Office public web site.

Alerts are available for: Screenshot of our email alerts

  • News releases
  • Weather warnings

Simply use the link below to sign up for this free service.

Subscribe or change your existing subscription options

  1. Sign up for email alerts
  2. Enter your email address
  3. Choose your subscription options. You can choose from:
    • News releases
    • Weather warnings
  4. Periodically check your subscription profile to view new items on the subscription list

Screenshot of our email alerts

Alert information

The email alert service is designed to inform you of changes to published Met Office web pages. You will need to be connected to the internet to view the alert information.

To view alert information, follow the hyperlink in the email body text.

Weather warnings

After listening to user feedback, we have implemented a range of improvements to the way we produce, disseminate and communicate warnings.

The weather warnings will essentially remain the same – they will be issued to warn the public and emergency responders of severe or hazardous weather. The warnings are given a colour (yellow, amber or red) depending on a combination of both the impact the weather may have and the likelihood of those impacts occurring. However, we are introducing the following changes:

  • Introducing two additional warning types– thunderstorms and lightning. These will be included in addition to the current weather types, which are wind, snow, rain, ice and fog.
  • Extending the warnings from five days ahead to seven days ahead.
  • Improving the language we use to communicate severe weather and impacts.
  • Improving the visual design across all Met Office digital channels including our website, mobile website, app and emails.

Multiple alerts for the same region

Warnings are issued and updated on a regular basis and cover a range of dates and times. During an active spell of severe weather, it is possible that you will receive a number of alerts on a daily basis which reflects the dynamic weather situation as it evolves.

Which Unitary Authority area(s) a warning applies to

At the bottom of the email there will be a list of Regions and Local Authorities affected by the warning.

You can also follow the hyperlink in the email body text, which will take you to the Met Office's weather warnings page for the affected region. This will show the full details of the warning and the areas for which the warning applies.

It is not currently possible to select warnings for just one Unitary Authority. It is only possible to receive all warnings issued within the region(s) that you have subscribed to.

Expired warnings

Some warnings are only valid for a short period of time. If you view your email alert several hours after it was issued, e.g. view an e-mail issued at 2 a.m. at 8 a.m. the following morning, you may find that the warning does not appear on the website. This is because the period of validity of the warning has passed and it has removed from the website as it has expired.

Support

This service is managed on behalf of the Met Office by GovDelivery. If you have trouble receiving subscription alerts or unsubscribing to lists, please contact support@govdelivery.com.

If you have questions or comments about the information contained in the messages or on the Met Office's website or if you have feedback about the support services you've received from GovDelivery, please Contact us .

Terms and conditions

By subscribing to regular Met Office updates, you agree to receive occasional further communications relevant to the products and services you have subscribed to. Your details will not be shared with third parties or Met Office partners, and you can unsubscribe at any time. For further information please see Met Office terms and conditions.

The use of this service is subject to Met Office Website terms of use.

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