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WMO report: State of the Climate in Latin America and the Caribbean 2023

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has confirmed in its newly released State of the Climate in Latin America and the Caribbean 2023 report that the past year was by far the warmest on record for the region. 

Freshwater lake in Uruguay

Sea levels continued to rise at an accelerated rate compared to the global average around much of the Atlantic region, posing grave threats to coastal areas and small island developing States.

The report, accompanied by an interactive story map, complements the WMO's flagship State of the Global Climate publication. It aims to inform decision-making on climate change mitigation, adaptation, and risk management strategies at the regional level.

A key highlight is the urgent need for increased investment in National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to bolster forecasting capabilities and life-saving early warning systems to protect against threats including heatwaves, air pollution, food insecurity, and mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever.

The report consolidates input from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, regional climate centres, United Nations partners, universities, research bodies, and WMO experts.

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