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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

    this is the full explanation from the Met Office of the words used in their forecasts;

    temperatures, weather expressions and what they mean.

    http://www.met-office.gov.uk/weather/europe/uk/guide.html

    issued by John Holmes

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  • Location: .
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    this is the full explanation from the Met Office of the words used in their forecasts;

    temperatures, weather expressions and what they mean.

    http://www.met-office.gov.uk/weather/europe/uk/guide.html

    issued by John Holmes

    Very useful to have the link John - thanks.

    We had some comments (Summer Blizzard I think) about how to define a winter as 'severe'. Does that word actually appear in the Met O official designations anywhere? I can't find it.

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

    hi WIB

    Not as such in their definitions. What they will do if they believe it justifies that term is do a Press release about it. The same for severe heat in summer, storms etc.

    hope that helps

    John

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  • Location: Swansea (West)
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Thunderstorms, Hot Summers
  • Location: Swansea (West)

    Thanks John for the link;

    Found a few other interesting pages on Met Office site

    Heat and sun advice: http://www.met-office.gov.uk/weather/europ...dvice/heat.html

    Heat health watch: http://www.met-office.gov.uk/weather/europ...eat_health.html

    UK climate: http://www.met-office.gov.uk/education/sec...bi_climate.html

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  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine, convective precipitation, snow, thunderstorms, "episodic" months.
  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

    Good of John to flag this up; it certainly makes interesting and illuminating reading. A very good set of definitions too, which I would personally be more than happy to go along with if I was in the Met Office.

    That said, some of those definitions aren't consistent with what we see on the BBC forecasts; I'm quite used to forecasters saying "dry and bright" to describe any variant of dry weather, ranging from the MetO's definition to unbroken sunshine. I'm pretty certain of this; I recall often seeing forecasts and thinking "okay, so that means dry, but what about sunshine?". I doubt that it's the fault of the MetO though.

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  • Location: Brixton, South London
  • Location: Brixton, South London
    this is the full explanation from the Met Office of the words used in their forecasts;

    temperatures, weather expressions and what they mean.

    http://www.met-office.gov.uk/weather/europe/uk/guide.html

    issued by John Holmes

    John, many thanks. A very useful link.

    Regards

    Andrew

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