Great Britain

Met Office to get £1.2bn ‘super-computer’ with world’s best rainfall prediction after Storm Dennis


MINISTERS are to supply the Met Office with a £1.2billion “super-computer” that predicts rainfall levels in advance.

The kit, to be unveiled today after a weekend of Storm Dennis havoc, will give the UK the world’s most advanced weather forecasts.

It will be able to map climate change effects, recommend where to build flood defences and which flights to cancel, ministers claim.

Energy companies will also benefit by planning for wind or collar power blackouts and surges.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: “Over the last 30 years, new technologies have meant more accurate weather forecasting, with storms being predicted up to five days in advance.

“Come rain or shine, our significant investment for a new supercomputer will further speed up weather predictions, helping people be more prepared for weather disruption from planning travel journeys to deploying flood defences.”

The investment is being made to mark the UK’s hosting the next UN climate conference in December, COP26.

A Cabinet minister yesterday blamed climate change for the major storms Ciara and Dennis that have battered Britain in the last week.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “We’re building those flood defences as quickly as we can construct them.

“It is a fact of climate change we’ll have to do more going forward.”

UK weather forecast Monday 17th February - Storm Dennis continues to bring chaos with blustery winds, hail and even more rain