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2015 global mean temperature forecast

The global mean temperature for 2015 is expected to be between 0.52 °C and 0.76 °C* above the long-term (1961-1990) average of 14.0 °C, with a central estimate of 0.64 °C, according to the Met Office annual global temperature forecast.

Volcanic ash - getting a clearer picture

ZEUS, a device developed by the Met Office and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to improve our understanding of atmospheric volcanic ash distribution, has been fitted to a British Airways 747 aircraft.

The role of the Met Office in World War One

November - 2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War. As we approach Remembrance Sunday on 9th November, we look back at the vital role the Met Office played in World War One.

Typhoon Haiyan - One Year On

One year on from Typhoon Haiyan, the Met Office has unveiled new scientific capability aimed at preventing future generations from suffering similar devastating effects of tropical storms.

Landmark report on climate change finalised

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has today released the final synthesis report for its Fifth Assessment Report on the current scientific knowledge around our changing climate.

Getting ready for winter - whatever the weather

The Met Office will once again be hosting the 'Get Ready for Winter' web pages on behalf of a range of Government Departments and voluntary organisations. The pages offer advice and links to a range of information to help individuals, families and communities prepare for every aspect of the winter season. By taking simple steps, such as signing up to The Met Office's National Severe Weather Warning Service, members of the public can ensure they keep warm, healthy and safe this winter. The campaign will build on last year's initiative which saw thousands of people get the information they need to prepare for all weather conditions through the winter months.

Met Office partners with the Open Data Institute

The Met Office is pleased to announce it is joining the Open Data Institute's (ODI) membership programme as a partner. It will join organisations such as Arup, Telefonica, Thomson Reuters and the University of Southampton, all leading the way for best practice for open data usage and delivery in their particular industry or field.

Air pollution increases river-flows

A study published in Nature Geoscience today shows that air pollution has had a significant impact on the amount of water flowing through many rivers in the northern hemisphere.

A record-breaking September

Early Met Office figures show this is set to be the driest September across the UK since records began in 1910, with exceptionally low rainfall for many parts of the country.

Met Office scientist at Cold Comfort

Met Office explains the latest research into the forces behind extreme weather to delegates at a winter road industry conference.

Some sunshine for August Bank Holiday

Met Office meteorologists are predicting that most places will enjoy some sunshine during the Bank Holiday weekend before an area of low pressure begins to move in from the Atlantic during Sunday.

New Met Office low adhesion forecast

'Leaves on the line' can cause significant delays and disruption for the millions of commuters and freight operators who travel the rail network each autumn.

Impacts of ex-hurricane Bertha

The remnants of ex-hurricane Bertha have brought some very high rainfall totals and strong winds across parts of the UK - with severe conditions continuing in parts of Scotland today.

A sunny start to the school holidays

The start of the school summer holidays is heralded by a period of dry weather across much of the UK, with good spells of sunshine, patchy cloud and temperatures staying just above average for many.

Showers forecast for Glastonbury

After a couple of weeks of sunny, dry, warm weather, conditions are changing and it's looking more unsettled for this years Glastonbury Festival.

Updated Met Office training course for water industry announced

The Met Office announces it has updated its water industry training courses. With the current pressure on security of supply, and the likelihood of climate change increasing extremes of weather, knowing how to confidently interpret weather and climate information will be even more crucial to water industry personnel.

Mostly dry and fine festival forecast

Met Office meteorologists are forecasting dry and fine weather for many as the summer festival season gets into full swing this weekend.

Heavier summer downpours with climate change

Extreme summer rainfall may become more frequent in the UK due to climate change, according to new research led by the Met Office in collaboration with Newcastle University.

Met Office help teams win NASA prizes

Clothing that connects to the Internet, a mobile app that finds the cheapest wifi connection or tracking air pollution with your phone. Not technology from a sci-fi movie, but cutting edge ideas from Met Office organised "Space Apps Challenges" named winners by NASA.

Bright Bank Holiday weekend for many

Met Office meteorologists are forecasting dry and fine, if at times rather cloudy, weather for many over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Mixed weather for the Easter weekend

Met Office meteorologists are predicting a mix of weather for the Easter weekend, with sunshine at first giving way to showers by Bank Holiday Monday.

Online and Mobile Updates - You Talked, We Listened

Following extensive conversations with the public, online users and responders, the Met Office has updated and improved its online forecast services for both desktop computers and mobile devices.

Advances in long range winter forecasts

A new long-range forecast system developed by Met Office scientists has delivered a potential advance in the skill of predictions for European and North American winters.

New move for Met Office Lerwick

Lerwick's new and improved Met Office Observatory Building was officially opened today by Rob Varley, Met Office Operations and Services Director, continuing our proud association with the Shetland Islands spanning more than 90 years.

Holiday weather

The Met Office brings you Holiday weather; the 'go to' web pages for those of you travelling abroad. If you are looking for inspirational ideas about a weekend break, a summer holiday, or want to know which destinations offer the most winter sun, the Met Office can help you decide when to pack your bags and travel abroad.

Improved outlook for the weekend

Further heavy rain and gales on Friday are likely to result in further disruption as the last of the string of violent storms we have seen over recent weeks crosses the UK.

Met Office warns of storm disruption

Met Office forecasters have issued a red National Severe Weather Warning for stormy conditions across the UK this afternoon and evening.

Stormy weather continues this week

Met Office forecasters are warning of further spells of stormy weather this week, bringing the possibility of further disruption.

Met Office warns of severe gales this weekend

Met Office forecasters are warning that gales and heavy downpours will continue to affect the UK through this weekend, bringing the possibility of further disruption.

Met Office warns of more stormy weather ahead

Met Office forecasters are warning that heavy rain and gale force winds will continue to affect the UK as we head into the weekend, bringing the possibility of further disruption.

Met Office warns of further storms this week

Met Office forecasters are warning that heavy rain and gale force winds will continue to affect the UK at times this week, bringing the possibility of further travel disruption.

The impact of weather and climate on the water industry

As part of the Planning for Climate Change at Efficient Water Distribution between the 5th and 6th of February, the Met Office's Utilities Scientific Consultant, Tom Francis, will present and discuss modelling variations in climate and weather related leakage providing case studies from within the industry.

Record wet January for parts of southern Britain

Early Met Office statistics for January 2014 show that the southeast and central southern England region has already had its wettest January in records going back to 1910, with three days still to go.

Met Office to present at Energy Now Expo 2014

At Energy Now Expo 2014, Met Office experts will demonstrate how investment in scientific research can be applied to weather and climate services to help farmers and landowners get the most of their wind assets.

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