Met Office

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The new building on the edge of Exeter

The Met Office (note: no longer an abbreviation for Meteorological Office but a name in itself), which has its headquarters at Exeter in Devon, is the UK's national weather service.

Established in 1854 as a small department within the Board of Trade under Robert FitzRoy as a service to mariners, the Met Office later became part of the Ministry of Defence. It currently holds a quasi-governmental role, being required to act commercially but also remaining an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence. In 2003 it moved to its present location from Bracknell in Berkshire.

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