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Larsen C: Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctic peninsula

On 12th July, satellite data confirmed the ‘calving’ of a trillion-tonne, 5,800 sq km iceberg – one of the largest icebergs on record, more than a quarter the size of Wales - from the Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic peninsula.

Larsen C ice shelf - a floating mass of ice hundreds of meters thick which is attached to a huge, grounded ice sheet - is now 12% smaller in area than before the split and is at its lowest extend ever recorded, ultimately dramatically changing the Antarctic landscape.  It follows previous collapses of Larsen A ice shelf in 1995 and Larsen B in 2002.

WMO ‘Summer in the City’ video series

WMO and Climate Central have launched a series of “Summer in the City” videos to explain the impact of climate change on temperatures in some of the world’s major cities. The short videos have been released in a year that is already experiencing multiple heatwaves across the globe and daily temperature records, and if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, Earth’s average global surface temperature could rise more than 4°C by the end of the 21st century.

Weather around the World June 2017

In Arizona, USA, an ongoing heat wave has seen some of the highest temperatures ever recorded. Temperatures in Death Valley reached 54°C and flights to Phoenix were cancelled when airport temperatures reached 48°C. The heat wave has led to wild fires.

High temperatures across southern Europe have also caused problems – Portugal and Spain in particular have been tackling forest fires to which they were vulnerable after a dry winter and spring.

World records for extreme weather-related mortality

As world population continues to grow alongside changes in global climate, there is a greater risk to a larger proportion of the population from a multitude of climate and weather phenomena. 

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has recently announced the world record for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms:

Special limited-time offer: 50% discount on RMetS membership

The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) runs theWeather Club. It is the Learned and Professional Society for weather and climate, and has a lot of enthusiastic amateur members. RMetS is giving all new individual members 50% off for a limited time only*. 

Joining the RMetS gives you access to all the membership benefits that you would receive throughout the year. You will receive online access to Weather, the ‘house journal’ of the RMetS (both past and future issues), which can access online or via an App.  The discounted fees are as follows:

Scorching Solstice

21st June is the summer solstice and this year saw the hottest summer solstice on record, as temperatures reached 34.5oC at Heathrow. It was also the hottest day of the year so far and the hottest June day since 1976, when 35.6oC was reached in Southampton. This month has also seen 5 days in a row with temperatures reaching 30oC or above for the first time during the month of June since June 1995.

Hottest day of the year so far for UK

Today the Met Office recorded 32.4 ºC at Northolt, making it the hottest day of the year so far for the UK.

Wales also recorded its hottest day of 2017 so far, with 30.6 ºC at Usk.

A very warm & muggy night once again for many, especially the south where some cities may stay above 20°C. According to the Met Office, this hot spell is set to be the first time in over 20 years that somewhere in the UK has reached over 30 °C for 5 consecutive days in June.

Deadly forest fires in Portugal

Sixty-two people have died and more than 54 injured in one of Portugal’s deadliest forest fires. Many of those who lost their life were trapped in cars as they tried to flee the central forested region of Pedrógão Grande, and it is feared the death toll may rise further.

It is thought that the blaze, which is raging in several parts of a mountainous area 200km northeast of Lisbon, may have been sparked by a lightning strike hitting a tree during a rainless thunderstorm on the night of 17th-18th June 2017, following an intense heatwave which saw temperatures exceeding 40degC.