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Living with Hurricanes – new podcast out now

What's the difference between a hurricane, a typhoon, and a tropical cyclone? When do hurricanes occur and how do they form? Is there a classification system for hurricanes? What is a ‘medicane’? What is it like living with hurricanes? In our latest podcast Prof Liz Bentley, Chief Executive at the Royal Meteorological Society answers these questions and more. She speaks to fellow RMetS staff member Dr Juan Estrella-Martínez about his experiences growing up with the threat and reality of hurricane seasons in Puerto Rico.

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All-time temperature records broken in UK and Europe theWeather Club Fri, 26/07/2019 - 11:55

Thursday 25th July 2019 was a record-breaking day for temperatures in the UK and parts of central and western Europe; The UK's all-time temperature record was broken, with 38.7 °C recorded at Cambridge Botanic Garden. The provisional value was released on Friday but was subject to quality control and analysis, and has now been validated by the Met Office observations’ team.  This figure exceeds the previous record of 38.5°C recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003.  

Marine heatwaves put biodiversity under threat

Heatwaves do not only occur on land, but also inside the ocean. Marine heatwaves are defined as periods of prolonged anomalously high sea surface temperatures compared to the local 30-year long record. Although the occurrence of these events has been observed locally, researchers in recent years looked at this phenomenon at the global scale.