By Paul Homewood

Does the Met Office think we’re all babies?

Research undertaken by the Met Office in recent years shows that two thirds of people have been unprepared for severe weather conditions, despite regularly checking the forecast.

Whilst millions in the UK will be keeping an eye on the forecast this summer with a view to staying closer to home, the Met Office is working with leading organisations to help the public make the most of the weather, as well as stay prepared in case of severe weather.

Lack of preparation has been singled out as a reason for being caught out by severe weather. With much of the country likely to be changing their habits in light of restrictions on international travel, the Met Office’s WeatherReady initiative aims to help people make the most of the summer weather, while also taking small steps to be prepared for severe weather conditions.

WeatherReady is run in collaboration with Cabinet Office and aims to help the public and businesses stay safe and enjoy the weather throughout the year. Working with partners, the Met Office hopes to help the public to get the most out of summer, while staying safe. 

Will Lang, Head of Civil Contingencies at The Met Office said, “WeatherReady advice can make a real difference in preparing for severe weather.

“Across the year, being WeatherReady means taking different steps. As we move into summer, particularly with many people likely to stay in the UK this year, it’s important that people stay prepared by keeping an eye on the weather forecasts, and taking a few simple steps to minimise its impacts.”

Working with expert organisations around the country, the Met Office has pulled together specialist advice for the general public on the WeatherReady website, including information on preparing for long car journeyshow to keep cool in hot weather, UV, how to stay safe in the sun, and much more.

If the Met Office has enough money to waste on rubbish like this, never mind employing a Head of Civil Contingencies (whatever that is), then it is time their budget was cut.


May 25, 2021