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The Met Office's vital role in the D-Day landings

We've a fascinating insight now into the role the Met Office played in the lead up to the D-Day landings, which took place 70 years ago this week.

Historic charts in the National Meteorological archive in Exeter show how their forecasting played a crucial part in helping to determine the success of the landings. Richard Lawrence reports.


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Summit will examine extreme weather records

Snow or sleet now falls on the UK an average of 33 days a year according to figures from the Met Office between 1971 and 2000.

Meteorologists and scientists meet this afternoon at the Met Office to discuss recent, unusual weather patterns in the UK.

The Met Office records the most extreme weather as follows:

  • March 2013: Coldest since 1962
  • April 2012: Wettest ever on record
  • Spring 2012: Warmest ever
  • Highest daily maximum temperature record: 38.5C, August, 10, 2003, Faversham (Kent)
  • Lowest daily minimum temperature record: -27.2C, February 11, 1895, Braemar (Aberdeenshire)
  • Highest 24-hour rainfall totals for a rainfall day: (0900-0900 GMT): 279mm, July 18, 1955, Martinstown (Dorset)
  • Gust speed: 142mph, February 13, 1989, Fraserburgh (Aberdeenshire)
  • Snow: Between 22 January and 17 March, 1947 snow fell every day somewhere in the country
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