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How disease dispersion could affect a staple

New research reveals for the first time the most likely months and routes for the spread of new strains of airborne ‘wheat stem rust’ that may endanger global food security by ravaging wheat production across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the wider world.

100 years of scientific forecasting

The Met Office is celebrating a century of scientific forecasting. The Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) forecast system used today results directly from experiments carried out in the trenches of the First World War.

Storm Aileen has officially been named

Storm Aileen is the first storm to be named since this seasons names were released last week and it will bring strong winds to central parts of the UK.

Strong winds affecting parts of the UK

Winds with gusts of 55-65 mph, perhaps reaching 75 mph in exposed places, are looking increasingly likely on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Earlier budburst linked to warmer springs

A collaborative study between the Met Office and Woodland Trust has revealed the timing of UK budburst for nine out of eleven tree species is significantly related to average temperature in March, with considerable variations in the magnitude of the temperature responses between species and regions.

A wet summer comes to a close

The end of August brings a close to a wet summer and although you might not think it, it has also been warmer than average.

Weather for the long weekend

Many places will enjoy dry weather this weekend with temperatures also above average after a chilly August so far.

150th anniversary of the Shipping Forecast

The Met Office is celebrating 150 uninterrupted years of the Shipping Forecast, which is believed to be the longest running continuous forecast in the world.

2016: indicators of a changing climate

An international analysis of the global climate for 2016 has been published in the report State of the Climate in 2016 released today by the American Meteorological Society.

Rain for some but sun reigns for others

The weather over past few weeks has left many scratching their heads over whether they need sunglasses or rain coats as we’ve seen sunshine and rainy downpours.

Wet July sees Shetland shine

Early statistics for 1-29 July show that it has been a wet month, with all areas receiving more than their average rainfall while temperatures have been close to average in most places.

State of the UK Climate 2016

The Met Office 3rd annual State of the UK Climate report, released today, shows 2016 was the 13th warmest year (records dating back to 1910).

High risk of unprecedented rainfall

New innovative research has found that for England and Wales there is a 1 in 3 chance of a new monthly rainfall record in at least one region each winter (Oct-Mar).

Do cows really lie down when it’s about to rain?

Over 60% believe it’s true. But, is it? Three-quarters of the British public have used folklore such as ‘red sky at night, shepherd’s delight’ to predict the weather. Half have been caught out by the weather when they relied on folklore methods.

The public love our App!

Since being released in May 2016 the Met Office app has been downloaded over three million times and the public are rating it highly.

Wet and warm June comes to a close

Early statistics show June 2017 has been amongst the wettest on record, despite the hot and dry spell of weather that many saw in the middle of the month.

Learn About Weather

Have you ever wanted to learn a bit more about the weather? Would you like a better understanding of the forecast information that you see on TV or online?

Research highlights parents' relaxed attitude to sun safety

New research, released today by the Met Office in conjunction with the NHS England #CoverUpMate skin cancer campaign, has revealed a worryingly relaxed attitude towards sun care amongst many parents of young children. Sunburn in childhood has been strongly linked to the development of skin cancer in later years, making it a vital time for parents to ensure their children are protected.

What caused the record UK winter rainfall of 2013-14?

Unusual conditions in the tropics and stratosphere gave rise to the very wet winter of 2013-14, in which there was damaging flooding in many parts of England. Climate change made a secondary contribution by increasing the moisture holding capacity of the atmosphere.

Hot weather comes to a close

Today will see the final peak in temperatures for the south while thundery showers move eastwards across the north.

Hot weather continues

The first half of this week will see temperatures in the high 20°C’s or even low 30°C’s for many across England and Wales.

Wind power can provide energy on coldest days

A new study by climate scientists – published in the journal Environmental Research Letters – has advanced the understanding of the potential for wind power to provide energy during the coldest spells of winter weather.

Hot and humid this weekend

Much of England and Wales will see temperatures rise as we head into the weekend with plenty of sunshine.

Warm weather on the way

After the recent unsettled spell of weather there’s a taste of summer warmth on the way for many of us, especially as we head into the weekend.

Warm weather on the way

This week we are going to see a lot of very warm, locally hot, and at times sunny weather across the UK as high pressure builds to dominate our weather.

Statistics for April 2017

Overall it has been a sunny and warm April for many, however the last weekend in the month saw heavy rainfall for parts of the country, bringing about a change to the end of month statistics.

Look out, there's a frost about

Met Office forecasters expect the run of cold nights to remain, with a colder plunge anticipated across the UK next week.

Spring is getting warmer, but frost is a threat

Average spring temperatures across the UK have risen by approximately 1 °C over the last few decades according to data released by the Met Office, but gardeners are urged to take note that spring frosts can still pose a threat. Frosts feature in the forecast for Easter weekend in parts of the UK.

Increased climate change risk to permafrost

Global warming will thaw about 20% more permafrost than previously thought, scientists have warned – potentially releasing significant amounts of greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere.

Early ‘payback’ with higher emission reductions

In a paper published today [Monday 3 April, 2017] climate scientists at the Met Office Hadley Centre have shown that the early mitigation needed to limit eventual warming below potentially dangerous levels has a climate ‘payback’ much earlier than previously thought.

Carbon dioxide forecast for 2017

The Met Office forecast for the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide in 2017 suggests that the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide over the year will be smaller than the rise seen in 2016 – which was the largest annual increase in the 50-year record.

Mild February marks the end of a dry Winter

Preliminary statistics show that the 2016/17 winter has been dry and mild compared to the long-term average. Meanwhile, early February statistics show a milder than average month to end the season.

An unsettled and chilly week for the UK

Storm Ewan was named by Met Éireann, the Irish Met service, as the fifth named storm of the season on Saturday night. Storm Ewan brought strong winds to southern areas of Ireland on Sunday 26 February.

Storm Ewan to impact Ireland

Storm Ewan has been named by the Irish Meteorological service Met Éireann and will bring strong winds to the Republic of Ireland.

New state-of-the-art radar for Dean Hill

A new state-of-the-art radar is replacing the former weather radar at Dean Hill in Wiltshire today. Heavy lifting gear is being used to crane the radar into position on top of its 22 metre tower.

Cold with snow showers for some

It’s getting even chillier for many as cold air spreads across the UK from the east bringing with it a chance of snow showers.

Cold conditions on the horizon

Following a spell of wet and blustery weather, colder conditions are expected to move in from the east on Wednesday with some snow showers developing mainly on the eastern side of the UK.

A weekend of sunshine and showers

There’s no Storm Doris but most of us will see periods of wet and windy weather this weekend as typical winter weather continues for the next few days with some cold and frosty mornings too.

A wet and windy end to the week

We can all expect to see spells of wet and windy weather over the next few days as deep low pressure systems move towards the UK from the Atlantic.

2016: one of the warmest two years on record

Provisional full-year figures for global average near-surface temperatures confirm that last year, 2016, was one of the warmest two years on record, nominally exceeding the record temperature of 2015.

Turning milder by the end of the weekend

Following the strong winds and snow of recent days across some parts of the UK, conditions will become milder and more settled over the weekend with a day of sunshine and showers on Saturday followed by a grey Sunday.

Wintry weather on the way

A cold and windy Polar maritime airmass, with its origins over northern Canada, will spread southwards across the UK in the next 24 hours, bringing a real taste of winter to the whole of the UK from tomorrow (Thursday).

Wintry weather for much of the UK

Over the next 24 hours it will turn cold and windy as a Polar maritime airmass, with its origins over northern Canada, moves into northern Scotland and then south across the whole of the UK.

Cold with a risk of snow for some

An arctic maritime airmass originating over northern Canada will bring a period of cold weather later this week with snow showers, strong winds and widespread overnight frosts.

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