2017 is likely to be one of the warmest years for global average surface temperature.
2017 is likely to be one of the warmest years for global average surface temperature.
October’s weather has been predominantly shaped by a mild west or south-westerly airflow, bringing some spells of unusually high temperatures, both by day and by night.
5.4 million households have been hit by costly winter repairs in the last 5 years.
An intense low-pressure system that will affect southern Britain on Saturday has been named as Storm Brian by Met Éireann.
An intense low pressure system is forecast to affect southern Britain on Saturday.
Ex-Hurricane Ophelia has moved out over the North Sea after bringing gusts of over 90mph to parts of the UK.
Ex-Hurricane Ophelia will bring stormy conditions to western parts of the UK today (Monday 16 October).
Ex-Hurricane Ophelia will bring stormy conditions to western parts of the UK.
While the ‘Great Storm’ of 15 and 16 October 1987 is still one of the most talked about weather events in living memory it was also a wake-up call for the Met Office and other organisations. It helped identify gaps in severe weather forecasting capability and highlighted the need for better communication with partner organisations such as emergency services and the public in general.
An unsettled spell of weather is forecast this weekend and into the start of next week with severe weather warnings issued.
After a week of typically autumnal weather – with foggy nights, pleasant sunshine and periods of wind and rain – a more unsettled spell of weather looks likely for this weekend and the start of next week.
This week sees a typical autumnal mix of weather for the UK, with some foggy nights contrasting with wet and windy spells.
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.
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.
Following three record years for global surface mean temperature in 2014-2016, the observed recent slowdown in average global temperature has ended.
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.
Winds with gusts of 55-65 mph, perhaps reaching 75 mph in exposed places, are looking increasingly likely on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
The Met Office and Met Éireann announce the storm names for the 2017-18 season.
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.
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.
Many places will enjoy dry weather this weekend with temperatures also above average after a chilly August so far.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the first time a team of Met Office meteorologists are going to be based all year round at the NATS control centre in Hampshire.
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).
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).
Communities across Southeast Asia have to endure some of the world’s most severe weather as the region is regularly affected by floods, major cyclones and other high-impact events.
Provisional statistics for 1-18 July show that the UK has been split over the month so far, with the south east warmer than average and the north west cooler than average.
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.
Since being released in May 2016 the Met Office app has been downloaded over three million times and the public are rating it highly.
You can now get the Met Office local forecast from our new award winning Flash Briefing skill for Amazon Alexa.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Half of people across the UK (49%) now consider themselves ‘outdoor enthusiasts’ according to new research released today by the Met Office. However, many are still getting caught out by the weather, leading to potentially dangerous situations.
Today will see the final peak in temperatures for the south while thundery showers move eastwards across the north.
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.
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.
Much of England and Wales will see temperatures rise as we head into the weekend with plenty of sunshine.
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.
Update on May and spring statistics - 2 June 2017
After another hot day on Friday with largely clear skies, it will gradually turn cooler over the weekend with some heavy thundery downpours in places.
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.
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.
After the chilly, wintry weather earlier this week, it will become warmer for the weekend with most places seeing sunny spells, but with rain for some too.
We are seeing a change to colder weather across the UK, with chilly days, frosty nights and snow for some.
Met Office forecasters expect the run of cold nights to remain, with a colder plunge anticipated across the UK next week.
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.
Many places will see sunny spells for Easter weekend, but it will be cooler than last weekend with some showers too
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.
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.
A number of new clouds have been named as World Meteorological Day is marked around the globe.
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.
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.
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 has been named by the Irish Meteorological service Met Éireann and will bring strong winds to the Republic of Ireland.
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.
Storm Doris has brought damaging winds, rain and snow to the UK.
Storm Doris has officially been named and is expected to bring damaging winds, rain and some snow to the UK on Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Met Office has signed an agreement with JBA Consulting to offer ForeCoast® Marine, its meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) risk management software, to its marine and offshore clients.
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.
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.
Many parts of the UK will see some snow showers and gale force winds today and tomorrow with some overnight frosts.
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).
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.
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.