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What is a heatwave?

A heatwave is a prolonged period of abnormally high temperatures, relative to the expected conditions at that given time and place. The exact definition varies around the world, but all heatwaves are classed as extreme weather events.

 

WeatherLive 2019 - On Cloud Nine

The Royal Meteorological Society ran a very successful event for all those with an interest in clouds in October 2019. Speakers at the meeting explored the beauty of clouds and their importance to us and looked at the history behind the naming of the clouds, how artists grapple with capturing their grandeur and what clouds can tell us about future weather conditions.

On This Day: Burns Day Storm 1990

Image: Highest gusts of over 60 knots (69 mph) recorded on 25 January 1990 (Source: Met Office)

On 25th January 1990 - otherwise known as Burns Day to the Scots, the day marking the birthday of their national poet, Robert Burns - an intense depression tracked across southern Scotland bringing severe gales and storm force winds to many parts of England and Wales.

Climate change panel discussion at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show this Saturday

A panel discussion about climate change will take place at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, which runs 7th-11th June. The panel discussion will take place in the Garden Theatre at 2pm on Saturday 10th June and will be Chaired by Peter Gibbs, Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society. Other panel members include: 

Man mowing lawn defies twister in Alberta, Canada

A photograph of a man mowing his lawn with an ominous tornado spinning in the background has been doing the rounds on social media this week - it even made BBC news

Mr Theunis Wessels, from Alberta, Canada said he was very aware of the twister which was about one and a quarter miles from their house, but "wasn't worried at all" – unlike his daughter, who was quite concerned by her father’s nonchalance.

FREE Online Weather Course: Come Rain of Shine

The Royal Meteorological Society is again running a FREE online FutureLearn course, “Come Rain or Shine” on 19th June!

This free, online course has been developed jointly with University of Reading and will run for 3 weeks, although participants are free to work through it at their own pace – including after the finish date. This course is perfect for anyone who would like to brush up their understanding of our weather.