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Met Office: A review of the UK’s climate in 2020

It is no exaggeration to say that 2020 has been a dramatic and memorable year for the UK – and our weather and climate is no exception.  We... Read More

Guest posts | Jan 12. 2021.
Man with a t-shirt over his head during August 2020 heatwave

Guest post: How ‘urban heat islands’ will intensify heatwaves in UK cities

The UK experienced several tropical nights during a record-breaking heatwave in August. Central London recorded a high daily minimum temperature of 2... Read More

Guest posts | Oct 1. 2020.
A passenger wearing a facemask standing on the London Underground platform using a fan to cool down from the heat and humid conditions during the August heatwave.

Met Office: The UK’s record-breaking August 2020 heatwave

As the UK moves into autumn, it offers the opportunity to look back at the pronounced, record-breaking heatwave that hit the southeast of the country... Read More

Guest posts | Sep 10. 2020.
Record numbers of visitors to Weston Super Mare up due to the hot weather.

Risk of 40C heat in the UK ‘rapidly increasing’, says Met Office

The chances of anywhere in the UK hitting 40C – a temperature not yet recorded in the country – are likely to increase rapidly in the coming... Read More

UK temperature | Jun 30. 2020.
Parched fields in London, UK, caused by a prolonged summer heatwave, July 2018. Credit: Amer Ghazzal / Alamy Stock Photo. PAD2KA

Warm spring worsened Europe’s extreme 2018 summer drought, study says

Europe’s extreme 2018 summer drought was worsened by an unusually warm and sunny spring in the same year, a new study finds. Sunny weather in th... Read More

Drought | Jun 10. 2020.
Glasshouse at Cambridge Botanic Gardens where the UK's temperature record was broken in July 2019. Credit: Juliet Ferguson / Alamy Stock Photo

Guest post: A Met Office review of the UK’s weather in 2019

Last year was warmer, wetter and sunnier than average for most of the UK, and finished as the 11th warmest, 11th wettest, and 15th sunniest year on r... Read More

Guest posts | Jan 8. 2020.
People take shelter under umbrellas during a heatwave in Moscow, 3 August 2018. Credit: ITAR-TASS News Agency / Alamy Stock Photo.

Northern hemisphere’s extreme heatwave in 2018 ‘impossible’ without climate change

Last summer’s unprecedented northern-hemisphere heatwave “could not have occurred without human-induced climate change”, a new study concludes. ... Read More

Attribution | Jun 12. 2019.
London Eye and blossom trees in spring. Credit: Richard Barnes / Alamy Stock Photo. D79E7B

Guest post: A Met Office review of the UK’s weather in 2018

Dr Mark McCarthy is science manager of the Met Office National Climate Information Centre, which provides monitoring and analysis of UK climate variab... Read More

Guest posts | Jan 4. 2019.
Wayoh reservoir drought, Bolton, UK. 1 September 2018. Credit: Phil Taylor / Alamy Stock Photo. PHBBJR

In-depth Q&A: The UK Climate Projections 2018

Update: The article was updated on 17/09/2019 to include the new 2.2km local data published in September 2019. At the Science Museum on Monday, envir... Read More

Climate modelling | Nov 29. 2018.
PAGGF2 Lancashire, UK. 21 July 2018. The Reservoir is now showing very low levels due to a sustained dry period, and is shown here after 2 days of rain. United Utilities who own the reservoir intend to introduce a hosepipe ban from 5 August 2018. The reservoir supplies Liverpool via a series of reservoirs in the Rivington area, which were recently used to supply water for helicopters fighting the Winter Hill fires. The bridge shown is the Alance Bridge, which spans the River Yarrow, which would normally flow through it into the reservoir. Credit: Phil Taylor/Alamy Live News

In-depth: How the UK plans to adapt to climate change

The UK government last week published its updated strategy for tackling the impacts of climate change, including higher temperatures, drought and floo... Read More

UK policy | Jul 26. 2018.
Swallowtail butterfly.

UK's largest butterfly could 'be lost' due to climate change

A rare butterfly could go extinct in the UK as a result of climate change, research suggests. The British swallowtail, which is a subspecies known ... Read More

Wildlife | Mar 28. 2018.
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