It's great outdoors
Nothing beats that feeling of being outside, and our forecasts can help you make the most of being out in the open air.
As the weather gets warmer many of us start to head to the coast. We are working closely with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Plymouth University to create a rip current product that will help lifeguards throughout the busy summer. The Beach Safety Weather Manager product will provide key information for lifeguard resource managers as to the risks of rip currents to aid resource decision making.
If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to Wimbledon, or you’re watching it on the TV, you will benefit from the Met Office keeping an eye on whether rain will stop play. As part of our service to the All England Lawn Tennis Association we will have two meteorologists on site for the duration of the next three Wimbledon Tennis Championships. We’re also providing forecasts for the qualifying tournaments.
Lots of people enjoy getting outside when it’s sunny but did you know that you can still be exposed to UV rays on cool or cloudy days? Find out if you could get sun burnt by checking the UV forecasts on the Met Office Weather app. That way you can make sure you’re prepared and cover up or put on protective sunscreen if needed.
Many of us are bound to recall a camp where weather has played a leading role. As Cool Camping Editor, James Warner Smith says, “Whether it’s planning the day’s activities or deciding how many layers to pack, an accurate idea of the weather and temperatures in store can make all the difference on a camping holiday. We always try to include information on nearby wet-weather attractions in our guidebooks because experience shows that, come rain or shine, if you’re prepared it needn’t stop the fun of your holiday.” See the tear off reply card opposite for a chance to win a Cool Camping book.
In the saddle
The key to an enjoyable ride is keeping a close eye on the forecast and the Met Office offers cyclists a range of weather information and warnings help them travel safely. Sam Jones at Cycling UK says, “If you cycle frequently in the UK, there’s one thing you nearly always do before leaving the house – check the weather. It’s all very well saying, ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather – just inappropriate clothing,’ but an accurate forecast can help you make the right decisions that will allow you to enjoy your ride.”
We’ve worked with mountaineering organisations, local authorities and mountain rescue teams to improve our mountain forecast service. Enhancements will include user-friendly titles to sections of the forecast and video content to emphasise what weather hazards mean. Two large Scottish regions (East and West Highlands) have been split into smaller regions providing more local information. Mark Jones from the Brecon Beacons Mountain Rescue Team says, “We choose Met Office forecasts because they are the most accurate. More site-specific, altitude-specific information is of particular interest, along with visibility and precipitation, as these are the main factors affecting lost walkers or casualties on the hills and how we conduct searches.”