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Staying safe in the sun: The whys and wherefores of sun protection

It is easy to think of sunburn as something that doesn't really happen in the UK, but it can and it often does. You don't have to be sunbathing to get sunburnt; it may happen while you are playing sport, walking or even working outdoors. To ensure you have fun in the sun either in the UK or abroad, we have put together a sun factfile to encourage you to enjoy the sun safely through the UK summer.

Catatumbo ‘Everlasting’ Lightning

It occurs over the mouth of the Catatumbo River where it empties into Lake Maracaibo in Venuzuela, South America. Each year, over 1.2 million bolts of lightning are confined to the mouth of the Catatumbo River - the single highest concentration of lightning in the world.

The Catatumbo lightning, whilst not rare or unusual, is a  remarkable feature in that it persists in the same place night after night. Indeed, the reliability of the storms means that they have historically been used as a maritime navigational aid.

Lightning Photography – advice from award winning Photographer

 

I am often asked, when people see my award winning image of colossal lightning strikes crashing down above Blackpool, how I captured it. The answer is not that I was simply lucky, although luck played some part, but that a number of things came together to make the shot possible. It was actually the first time I had ever photographed lightning!

Safety first

Further signs of climate change? UK experiences record number of wildfires in 2019 theWeather Club Mon, 13/05/2019 - 09:20

How are wildfires detected?

Tropical Cyclone Idai theWeather Club Wed, 20/03/2019 - 11:46

Parts of southern Africa have been devastated by Cyclone Idai over the last week. The tropical storm has been described as the worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere, with over 2 million people affected by extreme widespread flooding.