Read the following article from the BBC about the heat wave which hit the UK in June and July 2018.
The Met Office define a heat wave as: "an extended period of hot weather relative to the expected conditions of the area at that time of year." Use the information from the BBC article to create a list of effects.
Here are some resources to help support your students in the study of heatwaves and extreme weather conditions:
1. An independent web enquiry into the 2017 UK heatwave: UK heat wave
2. A KS3 resource to help students consider the effects of weather on people: How does the weather affect people?
3. The effects of heat waves elsewhere in the world: Wildfire! The 2013 Australian heat wave which could be used as a comparison to the fires in the UK in 2018, and Heat wave! - new records set in the USA
Read the following article from the BBC and then look at our resources which can be used to supplement your students knowledge and understanding of tropical storms/cyclones.
The powerful Cyclone 'Debbie', with gusts of up to 263km/h (163mph), hit the north-east coast of Australia. This article highlights the importance of being prepared for these natural hazards and suggests some of the possible impacts of such an event.
We have a two week teaching pack on all things associated with tropical storms, including their causes, impacts and how to respond to them, which can be found here.
Read the Cyclone Pam article on the BBC website.
The cyclone was a category five storm, with winds of up to 300 km/h. This struck Vanuatu early on Saturday.
Over the past 30 days, Boston in the USA has been hit by multiple storms that brought over 1.78 m (70 inches) of snow to the city! Roofs of some buildings have collapsed under the weight of the snow. Amy McHugh of Weymouth, Massachusetts, told CNN, “I keep telling the kids, 'You're going to be telling your kids about this.' It's unimaginable."