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What makes British weather worth talking about?


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18:30 - 20:00


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Join us for a Café Scientifique exploring the science behind UK weather

Storm clouds gather over a house in Scotland

UK weather is notoriously dynamic and unpredictable, so it makes sense that weather is the number one topic of conversation amongst the British. But what makes the UK weather so difficult to predict? What makes it so changeable?

Professor Doug Parker's research explores weather systems around the world, from dust storms in the African Sahara, to the dynamics of synoptic fronts in the UK, and how they are driven by high-altitude winds. Join him for a discussion of our most beloved conversation-starter and explore the science behind our ever-changing weather.

Professor Doug Parker is a Met Office Professor of Meteorology, based at University of Leeds.

  • This event is free to attend and open to all, no tickets are required
  • Doors open at 6pm and seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis
  • Recorded audio of this event will be available on this page a few days afterwards

If you require British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation please contact the events team no later than 2 weeks prior to the event and we would be happy to arrange an interpreter.

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What makes British weather worth talking about? The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK