Extreme Weather

When meteorologists call weather 'extreme' they really mean it!

Whilst a hot or windy day may feel extreme to us as we experience it, because it’s very different from the previous few days or weeks, meteorologists take a scientific view. A weather event is not characterised as extreme unless it falls in the outer edges of the climate - what has been experienced over a thirty-year period.

Extreme events have been a major feature of our weather over the last few years. To make relevant resources more accessible for people with a specific interest in extreme weather, it's causes and what future extremes might look like, we have created this page for your convenience. It will be updated when we have new content related to extreme weather and you'll find links to relevant upcoming events and meetings, as well as articles in our publications and some further resources.

(Image Credit: The Wrath of Eleanor by Bill Brooks, shortlisted in the Weather Photographer of the Year 2018 Competition)

Extreme Weather Resources

Journal Articles

RMetS.org Articles

News Articles

UK Severe Weather Warnings

The Met Office issues the official several weather warnings for the UK.

These warnings alert everyone to the possibility of significant impacts that may be caused by expected weather conditions. Even weather that is quite common – so not extreme – can be the subject of a severe weather warning, if it is likely to have a large impact on people’s lives.

The severe weather warnings cover rain, thunderstorms, wind, snow, lightning, ice and fog.

See current warning and find out more here...