The all important sentence is the first. ‘The Met Office seasonal outlook for the period November to January is showing no clear signals for the winter’.
The Met Office knew that this was the case when it sent the BBC's Roger Harrabin scurrying off to spin its lie that the Met Office ‘did suspect we were in for an exceptionally cold early winter, and told the Cabinet Office so in October'.
The briefing to the Cabinet Office contains no such warning – and it now vindicates the parliamentary answer given by Francis Maude when questioned about the forecast the government received from the Met Office. (Click on this link for the story)