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Hot spell is earlier than expected, says UN weather agency

The sweltering conditions affecting western Europe are set to last for at least another two weeks, but there may be some respite by the weekend, a senior UN weather expert said on Tuesday.

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Advances in polar predictions reduce climate risks: WMO

A two-year international effort to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in the Earth’s Polar Regions has been launched by the UN weather agency, WMO.

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World Meteorological Day celebrates importance of clouds for weather, climate and water

Clouds inspire art and thought, but few natural phenomena are as important to weather, climate or water, the United Nations meteorological agency today said, launching a digital cloud atlas to celebrate World Meteorological Day.

2016 was the hottest year ever recorded – UN weather agency

The world has just witnessed the hottest year on record, surpassing the exceptionally high temperatures of 2015, the United Nations weather agency reported today, highlighting new records in indicators of human-caused climate change, as well as loss of Artic sea ice.

INTERVIEW: What extreme weather and global temperature rise mean for humanity – WMO chief

In a new report analyzing the global climate between 2011-2015, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) – the United Nations system’s weather agency – found an increasingly visible human footprint on extreme weather and climate events with dangerous and costly impacts.

Weather presenters trained to become climate presenters

Weather presenters worldwide are learning how to make climate change cool.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has been training these experts to better educate the public about extreme weather and its impact on the planet.

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Latest drought will “hugely increase” hunger across Southern Africa

Southern Africa’s latest drought will “hugely increase” the amount of food-insecurity suffered by millions across the region.

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With planting season weeks away, millions in drought-hit southern Africa need support – UN

Some 23 million people in southern Africa are in need of urgent support to be able to produce enough food to feed themselves and avoid being dependent on humanitarian assistance until mid-2018, the United Nations agricultural agency has warned.

Forecast points to La Niña weather change

Global weather patterns could be about to change if the La Niña phenomenon re-emerges, UN experts said Thursday.

La Niña, which is caused by cooler waters in the Pacific Ocean, could bring much-needed rainfall to areas left parched by the last El Niño episode, which ended in May.

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UN deputy aid chief calls for strengthened response to upcoming La Niña weather event

Following a week-long visit to southern Africa, the United Nations deputy humanitarian chief has called for increased efforts to help mitigate the impact of the La Niña weather phenomenon occurring towards the end of the year.