Path of the jet stream and how it interacts with the UK shown on the globe

Who we are

From our beginnings in the middle 1800’s we have led the way in the science of meteorology and its application. We’ve been continually innovating and evolving, and we’ve grown and changed enormously. Find out more about our history, innovation and what motivates us.

Our history

Since our foundation by Vice-Admiral FitzRoy in 1854, we’ve been at the heart of UK weather taking observations and providing accurate weather forecasts to help save lives and livelihoods.


We not only innovate in terms of weather forecast, but across all our science and services. This involves exploiting cutting-edge and emerging technologies, and pushing new boundaries to deliver weather and climate science and services that make an impact in our ever-changing world.


What we do can impact everyone individually and collectively. Whether that is in terms of our Public Weather Service and National Severe Weather Warnings Service remit or our role at the heart of the global climate conversation. The impact of work by our expert teams is seen on a regional, national and international scale.


To ensure what we do continues to have impact, we strive to make our weather forecasts as useful as they can be for the UK public, governments and businesses. And we are committed to innovating and refining our processes continually so we can improve forecast accuracy. 

Our people

The people behind our organisation are globally recognised experts in their fields and are often award winning. Each one of them – no matter what field they work in – contributes to our exceptional, science, technology and operations and enables us to achieve our purpose of helping people stay safe and thrive. They are truly all experts by nature.

Our values

Experts by nature is one of our values and one that our people demonstrate every day. All our values are at the heart of what we do, in our DNA and something we collectively believe in. They were created by everyone here and are what makes us tick.

We are the Met Office.  This is who we are. This is world-changing work.