2017: the warmest year on record without an El Niño

Data from the Met Office Hadley Centre and the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit for global average near-surface temperatures confirm that 2017 was the warmest year on record without the influence of warming from El Niño.

Last year was the second or third warmest year for annual global temperatures since 1850, after 2015 and 2016 both of which were dominated by a significant El Niño.

At least seventeen dead in California mudslides

At least 17 people have died and 163 people injured in deep mudslides in Southern California, which were triggered by heavy rains. A number of people are still unaccounted for.

Mud and boulders the size of small cars shut rolled done hillsides blocking more than 30 miles of main roads in parts of Santa Barbara. In Montecito some homes were knocked off their foundations, with 100 destroyed and 300 damaged, whilst in Burbank mud swept away vehicles.

World Weather review: December 2017

On the 1st December, 121 mm of rainfall in 24 hours lead to flooding in Albania, leaving at least one person dead, homes destroyed and numerous roads blocked.

Heavy snow blanketed northern Europe on the 11th causing many flight cancellations and delays, particularly at Schiphol, Frankfurt and Brussels airports. In Germany, the heavy snow has caused car accidents and transportation problems. In France, 32 regions were put on alert, as snowstorms battered coastal areas and cut power to thousands of homes. Snowstorms also spread southwards into Italy.