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2019 weather: A year in review

Authored by Mike Page

2019 has been a year of extremes: record-breaking heat and rain, along with notable spells of cold and windy weather have all been prominent.

As we approach year-end, we’ve highlighted the most notable climate features of the year, including two all-time temperature records:

  • Warmest winter day on record: 21.2 °C recorded at Kew Garden on 26 February
  • Hottest
  • ...

Hayfever costs UK 29 million days of work each year

Authored by Mary

Severe hay fever costs the UK 29 million days of work each year, according to a new survey from the Met Office.

The research found that more than one in ten (11%) UK adults of working age suffer from hay fever to the extent that it stop them going into work, causing them to miss an average of 8.4 working days per year.

In total, the Met Office survey found 41 per cent of UK...

More rain on the way

Authored by News Desk

The Met Office has issued another severe weather warning for Devon, as heavy and prolonged showers are set to return today.

The warning is valid until noon on Tuesday 5 January.

Some 5-10mm of rain could fall in an hour at times locally. Through the whole period of the warning an additional 10-20mm is expected quite widely across the area and very locally up to 40 mm, mainly...

Records smashed during mild, wet December

Authored by Mary

Record breaking rainfall in December puts 2015 in the top ten wettest years on records going back to 1910

Latest early provisional statistics* from the Met Office confirm December has been record breaking both for its warmth and rainfall.

The UK mean temperature (1-29 December) is a record breaking 8.0 °C which is 4.1 °C above the long-term average. The previous record was 6.9...

It's raining fashion at the Met Office

Authored by Glen King

WESC Foundation, a school and college for children, young people and adults with sight loss, is a specialist centre for Visual Impairment. The Exeter-based charity held a sell-out fashion show fundraiser hosted at the Met Office sponsored by ITEC Connect. More than 150 guests descended on the Met Office before being whisked off in chauffer driven limousines courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Exeter to...

It's raining fashion at the Met Office for charity

Authored by Glen King

The Met Office is playing host to a fundraising fashion show for Exeter-based charity WESC Foundation (WESC), to help raise much needed funds for the charity’s ‘Communication Aids Appeal’. Sponsored by ITEC Connect and compéred by popular broadcaster Judi Spiers, the event is being held on the 22nd October with John Lewis showcasing its autumn/winter 2015 collection featuring students at...

Will this be the worst winter for 50 years?

Authored by George Dawson

An El Niño climate event is under way that could lead to conditions similar to those of 2009/2010 (which saw the coldest January in decades) and possibly the worst for 65 years.

El Niño is one of three key climate patterns that could lead to changes in our global temperature.

It can trigger droughts in some areas, typhoons in others and is associated with an increased chance of...

WESC Foundation Fashion Show 2015 @ The Met Office

WESC Foundation Fashion Show @ The Met Office brought to you by John Lewis and Exeter College supported by ITEC Compère: Judi Spiers Date: Thursday, 22nd October 2015 Time: 6:30 -9:30pm Venue: Met Office, Fitzroy Road, Exeter, Devon, EX1 3PB, United Kingdom Tel: 01392 454200 To reserve your ticket: RSVP: jduckham@wescfoundation.org.uk Website: www.wescfoundation.ac.uk Tickets: £10

Join WESC Foundation, the school and college for young people and adults with sight-loss and specialist centre for visual impairment, at their annual Fashion Show. For the first time being held at the Met...

DEBI Awards 2015 open for entries

Authored by DEBI Administrator

The Devon Environmental Business Initiative (DEBI) Awards is open for entries.

The DEBI Awards, which have been running for over two decades, recognise businesses and other organisations across the county that are attaining high standards of environmental care in their day-to-day operations.

After a successful focus on environmental degradation in 2014, this year’s theme will...

Winter likely to have been sunniest since 1929

Authored by Mary

This winter is very likely to be a record breaker. Provisional Met Office statistics show that the UK has had its sunniest winter in records dating back to 1929.

While the figures for temperature and rainfall are fairly average, it has been one of, if not the sunniest winter in UK records dating back to 1929.

By 25 February the UK had already seen 189 hours of sunshine,...

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