Is autumn the new summer?

Temperatures for the weekend

There have been many reports in the papers this week that Met Office said we are going to get three months of sunshine, dry weather and above average temperatures. This is not the case; as usual these are huge fabrications of the truth.

The Met Office’s three-month autumn forecast is a complex product designed for contingency planers (councils etc) to make strategic decisions based on risk.

However, it’s not useful for most other people as it doesn’t give one forecast for what’s ahead – rather it outlines potential scenarios and their associated probabilities. It is not, therefore, the sort of forecast that the public find useful when making decisions, such as deciding when to go on holiday.