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Theme Parks & Attractions

Theme parks and outdoor attractions are at risk of weather all year round, particularly due to the nature of rides and attractions being at height. The need for weather and climate data is imperative so as to not risk financial loss and the health and safety of visitors.

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

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Top 5 weather challenges for theme parks & attractions:

  • Lightning poses a risk when working on, or near, tall metal structures, which may require rides and attractions at height to be closed.

  • Strong wind can create health and safety issues for attractions at height.

  • Rainfall can cause ground saturation putting attendees at risk of slips and falls.

  • Ice can damage equipment and infrastructure, plus the subsequent thaw can pose a risk to site personnel and the public.

  • 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:

VisualEyes™ for Leisure Event Management

VisualEyes™ is our easy to use weather alert system for event organisers and health and safety teams.

Please visit our VisualEyes for Leisure Events webpage for more information

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).

Wind at Height Forecast

Wind at height forecasts are specifically produced for working at height and give a five day forecast of wind speed and direction at your specified operating height at your given location.

  • You set the wind height 
  • You set the wind warning threshold

In understanding the wind forecast you can plan work with confidence and ensure safe working conditions by identifying windows in the weather.

Worried about more than just wind? Rain, lightning as well as wind at height forecasts are inbuilt into VisualEyes™.

Weather Consultancy

Talk to a forecaster

Our telephone consultancy 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 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  weather sensitivity 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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