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What is the difference between weather and climate?

Weather and Climate – What is the difference?

In recent years, the world has been affected by extreme weather conditions such as heat waves and heavy floods. Many people are quick to link the phenomena with climate change and global warming, while some believe that these are individual weather events. But what is the correct answer? Does extreme weather events have something to do with a changed climate? Let us explain.

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This graph shows how the global average temperature in Celsius has changed between 1850 and 2017. Here you can see that the average temperature has increased significantly during the 20th century. This means that there can still be colder or warmer years.

Read more: What is Climate Change?

Conclusion

Based on what we can see from the weather and the climate, we cannot use individual weather events or natural disasters as a sign of climate change. However, what can be concluded after 150 years of observations is that the Earth’s climate has actually has changed and become warmer.

Sources: Naturvårdsverket/Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, SMHI

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