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WMO Comments on Current Extreme Events

11 August 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has published information for the media on the unprecedented sequence of extreme weather events that have recently taken place in different parts of the world. Weather-related events have severely affected several regions in the past weeks, namely: flash floods and widespread flooding in large parts of Asia and parts of Central Europe; a heatwave and drought in Russia; mudslides in China; and droughts in sub-Saharan Africa. The WMO states that, while a longer time range is required to establish whether an individual event is attributable to climate change, the sequence of current events matches the projections by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of more frequent and more intense extreme weather events due to global warming. The WMO also adds that the monsoon activity in Pakistan and other countries in Southeast Asia is aggravated by the la Niña phenomenon, now well established in the Pacific Ocean. [WMO Information on Current Extreme Events]