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Flash floods hit Greece

Heavy overnight rain on 15th November caused flash flooding in parts of Greece, particularly Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, west of Athens.

At least 15 people have been killed and it has caused widespread destruction in central Greece as people were unprepared for the fast-flowing torrents of red mud that flooded the roads and thousands of homes. The sheer force of the water moved vehicles, damaged walls and roofing.

 

WMO: 2017 expected to be third hottest year on record

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its provisional Statement on the State of the Climate this week, estimating that 2017 is likely to be one of the warmest years for global average surface temperature, with many high-impact events including catastrophic hurricanes, floods, heatwaves and droughts.  The Statement was released on the opening day of the United Nations climate change conference in Bonn.

WeatherLive - The Ultimate day out for Weather Enthusiasts

Where? Central Hall Westminster, London
When? Saturday 4th November 2017

WeatherLive is a new event for the Society and is the ultimate day out for weather enthusiasts. This one-day conference in London will focus on three main sessions; photography, the 1987 storm and gardening in a changing climate. A host of respected speakers will present throughout the day, sharing experiences and knowledge include well-known names such as Michael Fish and Peter Gibbs. 

Typhoon Lan

Typhoon Lan (known as Typhoon Paolo in the Philippines) killed at least two people in Japan, with more than 200,000 households advised to evacuated on 22nd – 23rd October. The Typhoon was classified as a strong Category 4 storm at its peak but making landfall as a category 2, it brought heavy rainfall, sustained winds of 100 mph, high waves and flooding to parts of Japan.

Storm Brian

An intense low-pressure system brought stormy conditions to south-west Ireland and parts of England and Wales on 21st October.

Storm Brian – the second named storm of the season – crossed the Irish Sea bringing winds of up to 78 mph and flooding to parts of Ireland. Many flights and ferry crossings were cancelled due to the high winds and rough seas

This extreme weather system came just six days after Storm Ophelia swept across Ireland, resulting in three deaths.

Iberian wildfires

In mid-October, dozens were left dead and injured as hundreds of wildfires swept central and north Portugal, as well as the north-western Galicia region of Spain.

At least 40 people were killed and 50 injured as the hot (>30°C), dry weather took its toll on the landscape. Conditions were worsened by Hurricane Ophelia as its strong winds fanned and spread the flames.