Discover the science of weather and climate

Find out answers to your climate change questions and enjoy a range of weather and climate activities.

Climate and weather are two of the most talked about topics today. Politicians and scientists discuss climate change at length, and we are all too familiar with the devastating floods and hurricanes we see around the world.

OPAL scientists have worked with the Met Office to produce activities that will increase your awareness and understanding of weather and climate.

Your climate questions answered

Cartoon sun with thermometerWhat is climate change and how do we know it is happening? Can we believe long-term forecasts?

The Met Office has answered your burning questions about climate.

Surveying the climate

Plane leaving contrails in the skyEveryone can have a go at the OPAL Climate Survey by downloading our free resources. Blow bubbles, look for plane contrails and learn more about our climate.

(Please note: we are no longer collecting results for the OPAL Climate Survey)

Games and activities

Screengrab of our Climate QuizHow much do you know about weather and climate? Challenge yourself to our quiz.

Conduct experiments with your own weather station:

Web Quests

Web Quest screengrabWeb quests are interactive online activities that are linked with Key Stages (KS) in the school curriculum.

Extreme weather

What happens when weather turns ugly?

A car driving through flooded roads


Flooding is mostly caused by a large amount of persistent rain or storm surges.

Dry, cracked earthDrought

Drought occurs when there is a lack of rainfall over a long period of time.

Trees in a tropical stormHurricanes and typhoons

Hurricanes and typhoons are regionally-specific names for a strong tropical cyclone.

Forked lighteningThunder and lightning

Lightning is a large electrical spark caused by electrons moving from one place to another. Thunder is the sharp or rumbling sound that accompanies it.

Learn more

Join the Weather Club

Obsessed by the weather? Indulge your passion by becoming a member of the Weather Club community.

Join the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS)

Whether you are interested in the science behind weather or the impact it can have on our lives, joining the RMetS is a great way to get more involved.

Be healthy, whatever the weather

The Met Office provides specific health forecasts and guidance for dealing with weather-related conditions.

Policy and regulation

If you are interested in learning more about government policies on climate change visit: