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What’s the difference between weather & climate change?

July 19, 2021

Although the terms ‘weather’ and ‘climate’ are often used interchangeably, they refer to two very different phenomena. 

‘Weather’ is the state of the atmosphere at a particular place and time. When we speak of weather, we refer to daily temperature fluctuations, daily rainfall patterns and humidity levels as well as the amount of cloudiness on a given day. 

‘Climate’ differs from ‘weather’ in that it is defined as the prevailing weather conditions or trends for a specific geographical region over a long period of time (usually about 20 to 30 years). Climate information includes statistical weather data that tells us about the normal weather for a location, as well as its range of weather extremes.