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Video: Danish weather forecaster predicts the weather in 2050

Photo credit: World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

By Anders Lorenzen

Denmark’s leading weather forecaster Jesper Theilgaard has, along with 13 other weather forecasters from around the globe, taken part in a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) project to predict what the weather will look like in 2050.

The videos are released throughout September, with the last video released on the 22nd September, the day before a climate summit in New York called by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to scale up the efforts to reach a global climate deal in Paris next year.

Theilgaard who also acts as the Danish national TV broadcaster climate expert and correspondent will be present at the summit on the 23rd and is leading the charge on in upping their coverage on climate change issues.

In the video (above) Theilgaard looks at an average summers day in 2050 where temperatures are in the mid thirties, and plagued by heavy thunderstorms and tornadoes. Danes would particularly pay attention to tornadoes as they are not present in today’s weather in Denmark. Following the forecast he says that these predictions have been made in accordance with the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released earlier this year. He goes on to state that precipitation will rise in the future and that we are already seeing that trend now – highlighting the 2011 extreme floods in Copenhagen, which in Theilgaard’s words made Copenhagen look like the streets of Venice.

In 2008 Theilgaard wrote the book ‘The World’s Wild Weather’ looking at previous extreme weather events, current ones and predictions for the future.

We will publish all of the videos in it’s full length when the last one is published on 22nd September.

Sub edited by Charlotte Paton

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