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Supporting humanitarian operations

Sometimes, weather can make all the difference, especially in the humanitarian sphere.

Earlier this year we supported UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, working in partnership with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the met services of south-eastern Europe to evaluate the impact of weather on UNHCR operations in south-eastern Europe.

UNHCR's Winter Cell Chief Chris Earney said: "The Met Office has been an incredible partner to work with, both in terms of quality of staff and output but also just the speed at which they could respond."

More recently we provided meteorological support to the World Food Programme (WFP) during its air drops in Syria. Sherif Georges, Deputy Chief Aviation Service at WFP, said: "Met Office services have been great and have been one of the main factors contributing to the success of this operation, delivering basic, urgent supplies to over 20,000 families that have been besieged for over two years."