2. Mr. Gresham Cooke
asked the Secretary of State for Air if he will explain the reasons for the inaccuracy of the weather forecast for Whit Monday issued by his Department on Sunday, 10th June; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Amery
A rain area which developed suddenly about three miles up over the Atlantic late on Sunday evening 10th June was blown over the British Isles by a high-speed airstream. This development became apparent only about midnight on the Sunday and could not have been foreseen from the information available when the forecast referred to was being prepared.
Mr. Gresham Cooke
Would not my right hon. Friend agree that the forecast for Whit Monday given on the Sunday was a mess-up and that it led to disappointment for millions of holidaymakers? The forecast was dry and and sunny "but it turned out wet and cold over most of the country. Could the Meteorological Office make special efforts on these holiday occasions?
§ Mr. Lipton
Is it not a fact that the Meteorological Office is much more often right than wrong? If the hon. Member for Twickenham (Mr. Gresham Cooke) does not like the forecasts, is there anything to stop him hanging a bit of seaweed outside his front door?
§ Mr. Elwyn Jones
Is this another disturbing illustration of the effect on the Government of the wind of change?