The WMO warns: we have seven warmest years since the measurements were made

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Record temperatures, heavy rains, forest fires and droughts marked the year 2021, and the consequences of these extreme weather conditions will be felt in the year ahead, warns the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The past seven years are the warmest since the measurements were made, and the trend of rising temperatures in all parts of the planet due to record greenhouse gas emissions continues, the WMO said in a statement.

Fortunately, improved hazard warning systems have significantly reduced weather-related deaths, however, in the least developed countries and small island nations, large investments are needed in these systems, the WMO said.

It is also important to invest in monitoring greenhouse gas emissions with the help of various technologies such as satellite or ground-based observations and simulations to better understand the sources and behavior of carbon dioxide, methane and other harmful gases.

One of the events, by which we will certainly remember the year 2021, is the heat wave in Canada and the neighboring parts of the northwestern United States, when almost 50 ° C was recorded. Extreme heat in late June in British Columbia caused hundreds of deaths and devastating fires, and the same region was hit by heavy rainfall and floods a few months later.

Western Europe experienced some of the worst floods ever recorded in mid-July, and heavy rains in Germany and Belgium caused landslides on already saturated soil and more than 200 deaths, reminds WMO.

We will not forget the droughts that affected most of subtropical South America for the second year in a row. Precipitation was well below average in much of southern Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and northern Argentina. Drought has also contributed to the humanitarian crisis in parts of the Horn of Africa, including Somalia and southern Madagascar.

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