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The Met Office has today launched a pioneering, free, online ...
The Met Office has today launched a pioneering, free, online

information service with rainfall and temperature outlooks for up to

four months ahead over the whole globe. This is the first time the

weather service is using its expertise to let the public know the

odds on what to expect from the weather this season.

Updated each month, these experimental forecasts provide the

probability that temperature and rainfall (averaged over a

three-month period) will be above or below the climate norm for

various regions. For the UK, the predicted outlook to the end of July

is that it is likely to be warmer than normal over most areas, but

wetter than normal over the western parts of the country.

Mike Davey, manager of the Met Office's seasonal prediction group,

said: 'These are very different from a daily weather forecast which

gives information for a particular place and time: with seasonal

forecasts we provide likelihoods for conditions averaged over a few


The seasonal outlooks are formulated using the Met Office's

state-of-the-art forecasting models and are available via the Met

Office website .

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