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Shower of actuaries bails out under-the-weather Met Office

A team of actuaries has been called in to help avert a crisis at the Met Office as a succession of frontline staff have been taken ill suffering from a localised outbreak of norovirus (or winter vomiting bug).

Over forty staff, including several household-name presenters, have been hit by the bug in the course of the last three weeks, leaving the public service fighting to cover even mainstream activities. In an unprecedented move, the Met office management put a call out for any professionals who could assist with the essential work of forecasting weather patterns and predicting extreme events.

The team of twelve actuaries from APFL Associates, stepped forward saying they were happy to brave the inclement conditions, and are due to start today. Most will be getting to grips with the Met Office’s sophisticated forecasting software and programming. But a select few will be ‘media-trained’ and may be called on to present the results on forecasts for national and regional news programmes.

Veteran presenter Michael Fish, who in 1987 famously failed to spot one of the biggest storms ever to hit the UK, said, "Given my record, I’m sure our new actuaries will feel confident in their abilities".

APFL chief actuary Clare Bryant said, "We are regularly encouraged by our profession to explore ’new fields’. Actuaries are well known for their predictive modelling and communication skills and we believe ours are second to none. We were happy to step into the breach on this occasion. In fact, we had been expecting something like this to happen for some time."

For more details on APFL Associates, click here.