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Enhancing the National Severe Weather Warning Service

Following extensive user research, we are making a range of improvements to the National Severe Weather Warning Service (NSWWS).

The NSWWS ‘Next Generation’ project is looking at the way we produce warnings, the way we communicate warnings, and how people experience and access our warnings.

A key part of the project is improving how we communicate the risk of severe weather. We are making changes on all our channels, including our website and app, to the visual design of warnings and the language we use to describe severe weather and its impacts. We aim to make use of additional content to help our audience understand the forecast and what they can do to keep themselves and their property safe. Another target is to be able to issue warnings much faster when the weather is changing rapidly.

We will also be introducing additional warning types for thunderstorms and lightning and extending warnings from five days out to seven days.

Mel Harrowsmith, Met Office Head of Civil Contingencies said: “One of our key priorities is to continuously evolve and improve the quality and delivery of Met Office weather warnings, as they are essential for protecting life and property in the UK. Many of you will have already seen some of the changes to the look and feel of warnings on our website and app, reflecting the findings from our user research. More changes will be made over the next few months, which will see project complete in spring 2018.”