‘More exposed to weather’

Now more than ever, we need to be weather-ready, climate-smart and water-wise citizens.

This was the message by Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea as stakeholders gathered at Subrail Park in Labasa to celebrate World Meteorological Day last week.

Mr Vocea said urbanisation and the expansion of towns and cities meant more people were exposed and vulnerable to weather, climate and hydrological hazards.

He said the participation of students at the celebration was to create awareness on the reality and the impact of climate change and weather pattern in our society.

“This year’s theme, ‘Weather-Ready, Climate-Smart’ reflects the necessity of more precise weather forecasts, better early warning systems and more co-ordinated actions to better prepare us for the increasing intensity and frequency of severe weather, climate and hydrological events,” Mr Vocea said.

“Weather is what we get from one day to another and the other is climate which is an average of weather conditions over a period of time at a given location, which we normally expect.

“Weather and climate change affects us on a daily basis and one of the priorities of national world meteorological and hydrological services (NMHSs) is to protect lives, livelihoods and property from the risks related to weather, climate and hydrological events.”

Mr Vocea said the world meteorological organisations and its members supported the global agenda on sustainable development, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

“The ever-growing global population faces a wide range of hazards such as tropical cyclone, storm surges, heavy rains, droughts, floods and related events.”