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County Shows

Outdoor events such as county shows are extremely weather dependent and often the weather can affect the success of event attendance as well as health and safety and operations. The weather should be a key factor in County Show planning in terms of contingency planning and to minimize the risk of financial loss.

To discuss your requirements and to speak with one of our team, email us at leisure@metoffice.gov.uk or call 0370 900 0100.

Top 5 weather challenges for county shows:

  • Adverse weather, in general, can affect event attendance leading to financial loss and ineffective resource allocation.

  • Rainfall either prolonged or extreme, leading up to and during an event can cause ground saturation putting attendees in danger of slips and falls.

  • Wind can cause downtime delays in setting up event structures and health and safety issues in and around the event.

  • Lightning can cause health and safety issues for show attendees.

  • Sunshine and temperature affect attraction demand and financial inflow.

The Met Office offers a range of services to theme parks & attractions to mitigate the risk of weather across all stages of event planning. Discover our services that can help to combat weather challenges below:

Forecast Services

Location- specific Threshold Forecasts

Threshold forecasts highlight when you should pay most attention to the weather. You select the parameters and thresholds that affect you. These forecasts can go out many days ahead and guidance can also give you recommendations to what to do when the significant weather hits your location.

Examples of the variables available include: temperatures, visibility and the probability of rain (amongst others).

Weather Consultancy

Talk to a forecaster

Our telephone service is designed for when you need to speak to an expert immediately, our forecasters are on hand 24/7, to give you additional reassurance and guidance.

  • Ask for any weather information or forecast for any land area in the U.K (international locations also available).
  • Direct telephone access to a weather forecaster 24 hours a day
  • Perfect for critical decision making.

Weather Sensitivity Analysis

Our Weather Analytics team can help you to analyse the relationship between the weather and event performance, offering valuable insight into resource planning and event demand.

We can help you to answer important questions such as:

  • ‘How many people will attend the event in certain weather conditions?’
  • ‘What resources will be needed to serve the event audience?’

Such analysis can be produced in stages to test data before a deeper investigation – ultimately the level of granularity and investigation is tailored to your requirements. 

 

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