"Hotter, drier, wetter. Face the Future" is the theme of the WMO 2016 calendar and World Meteorological Day on 23 March. The calendar includes photographs from around the world based on a WMO Facebook competition.
The theme has been chosen to illustrate the reality of climate change. As a result of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, land and sea surface temperatures are rising. The frequency and intensity of extreme events like heatwaves and heavy rainfall is increasing. Without urgent action to cut carbon dioxide emissions, this trend will accelerate.