Publish Date:
13 January 2017

Severe winter weather struck southeastern Europe, with extreme cold and snow in Italy, the Balkans and Turkey. This caused many accidents on roads, school closures, cancelled flights and hardship for the homeless and refugees. The Danube river and Bosporus sea strait were even closed for shipping.


The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), which is part of the WMO Regional Climate Centre Network for Europe (WMO Regional Association VI), conducted a rapid analysis into the cold snap 7 – 11 January. It was supported by World Weather Attribution. 

Publish Date:
11 January 2017

Demand for climate information to inform decision- and policymaking is growing as the private and public sectors recognize its relevance and value in mitigating and adapting to climate change.


Users are seeking tailored and actionable climate information on a wide range of timescales, from past, current and future climate. Their needs are broad, including long-term decisions and planning, early warning of potential hazards and managing risks arising from climate variability and change. 

Publish Date:
4 January 2017

There are many compelling reasons why we need to clean up the global environment. One of the most pressing is that a polluted environment is a deadly one, according to a joint editorial by the heads of the World Health Organization (WHO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Every year, almost 12.6 million people die from diseases associated with environmental hazards, such as air, water or soil pollution, and climate change. That is one in four deaths worldwide.

In a joint commentary, Margaret Chan (WHO), Petteri Taalas (WMO) and Eirk Solheim (UNEP) stress the need for more action to address the environmental causes of ill health and their plans for a coordinated global mechanism to achieve this. The editorial is published in the January issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.


Publish Date:
21 December 2016

The year 2016 remains on track to be the hottest year on record, with average global temperatures set to break even the records of 2015, according to data covering the first eleven months of the year.

Temperatures spiked in the early months of 2016 because of a very strong El Niño event and remained well above the long-term average for the latter part of the year according to he reports from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts. 

Publish Date:
19 December 2016

A new analysis of European air temperature data from January through December 2016 confirms that 2016 is on track to be the region’s fourth warmest year on record. This follows two consecutive years, 2014 and 2015, which each broke regional records for high average air temperatures.

Based on initial estimates, the January-December annual mean air temperature for Europe is forecast to be 11.0°C, or 0.70°C above the 1981-2010 long-term mean. This compares with the assessment of the Provisional WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2016, which estimated that the global average air temperature for 2016 will be about 1.2°C above the pre-industrial era, making it the warmest year globally since the start of modern record keeping in the mid-1800s.