May 2018, was warmer than normal in temperatures with below average relative humidities, precipitation and wind speed. The mean temperature of the month was 31.5°C which is 1.7°C above the long-term normal.
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On June 4, 433 weather stations in China were recognized as the first set of Chinese Centennial Observing Station list， said a spokesman at the monthly press conference of China Meteorological Administation (CMA). According to the plan, these stations will be added on the key protection list and received local government protection commitments to ensure long-term observation, accumulate climate data. It will play a big role in support of climate change research, ecological civilization construction and use of meteorological data.
On 21:07 p.m. BJT, June 5, the Fengyun-2H meteorological satellite, carried by a Long March-3A rocket, was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. As the westernmost on-duty satellite in geostationary meteorological satellites layout of China, FY-2H can provide custom-made services for countries along “Belt and Road” territories, and data support for weather prediction and disaster prevention and mitigation.
The Tokyo Climate Center (TCC) of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has released the 52nd issue of the TCC News on the TCC website.
This issue covers: - El Nino Outlook (May - November 2018) - JMA's Seasonal Numerical Ensemble Prediction for Boreal Summer 2018 - Warm Season Outlook for Summer 2018 in Japan - Summary of the 2017/2018 Asian Winter Monsoon - Characteristics of climate conditions in Japan in winter 2017/2018 - World climate monitoring webpage revamp - TCC contributions to Regional Climate Outlook Forums in Asia
Low snow in low and middle altitudes and well below average precipitation resulted in drought condition appearing as soon as in the early May in the Czech Republic, while normally such conditions are typical for July or August. Significant number of water gauges reports lowest flows on record for this time of the year. Significant drought (defined as lowest 15 % of observations for given period of the year) has been observed at 62 % of all monitored objects.