BRITAIN'S FORECASTING SERVICES - AND WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT TODAY

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According to the Meteorological Office, weather reports are the third most popular programme on television.

80 per cent of us watch weather bulletins at least five days a week.

98 per cent of us claim to be interested in local forecasts.

90 per cent of us seek weather information at least once a day.

THE METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE

Based: London

Supplies: the BBC, most national newspapers, Independent Weather Productions, a division of the Met Office; provides information for ITV breakfast service GMTV, BBC teletext service Ceefax and Yorkshire Television. Backing the new Weather Channel venture, with US company Landmark.

THE WEATHER DEPARTMENT

Based: Birmingham

Supplies: the Sporting Life, and ITV regional services Central, Scottish, Tyne Tees and Ulster. Also S4C, the Travel Channel (satellite), SIC-TV (Portugal's main commercial service) and TV Norga (Norway's main commercial service). Runs premium rate phone/fax information services, and is a joint venture partner in the new Weather Network, with Canadian media giant Pelmorex.

OCEAN ROUTES

Based: Aberdeen (part of the Weather News International Group)

Supplies: mainly the offshore oil industry and shipping. Some media concerns, including the Aberdeen Independent newspaper, Grampian TV, Rai-TV (Italian commercial station), ITV's Teletext service and Videotron (a London cable operator). Also some local radio stations and premium-rate phone services.

NOBLE DENTON WEATHER SERVICES

Based: London

Supplies: mainly scientific forecasting - offshore oil industry, ship routing. A few media concerns.

BRITISH WEATHER SERVICES

Based: High Wycombe

Supplies: premium-rate phone and online weather services.

AND THEIR FORECASTS FOR TODAY?

The Met Office says: "Northern Scotland will see some cloud and light rain, but it will be sunny and increasingly hot over the rest of the UK."

The Weather Department says: "An area of low pressure will come in from the South-west. In the South a warm, humid day with temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s, with weakening sunshine."

Ocean Routes says: "Moderate south-westerly winds will spread showers over Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and northern England, but in other areas a warm and sunny day."

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