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    Belgium may see its snowy winters replaced by heavy rain and thunder storms by 2050, the United Nations' meteorological agency predicted in a new video that shows how weather forecasts may look like in the future, as the effects of climate change become more pronounced.

    MOSCOW, September 16 (RIA Novosti) - Belgium may see its snowy winters replaced by heavy rain and thunder storms by 2050, the United Nations' meteorological agency predicted in a new video that shows how weather forecasts may look like in the future, as the effects of climate change become more pronounced.

    "Good afternoon and I wish you a merry Christmas . . . Tomorrow will start off dry, but very soon we'll have more showers coming in from the north. Rain, heavy winds up to 80 km/h, hail and storms are coming our way. Some sunny intervals, but overall cloudy, and it will be around 9°C," the weather presenter says in the video.

    The video shows what a weather forecast may look like in Belgium on December 25, 2050. "It's getting warmer, wetter, but not necessarily sunnier. The sea level rises," the presenter states.

    The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) launched its series of "weather forecasts from the future" on September 1 to raise awareness before this year's UN Climate Summit, which is set to take place on September 23.

    A total of 14 forecasts from different countries are to be released before the summit. The reports are presented by real-life television weather forecasters.

    In its previously released videos, the UN's meteorological agency warned of climate change-induced disasters in a number of countries.

    Japan and the Philippines could expect typhoons and storm surges, tsunami-like coastal floods, while Brazil could be hit by both floods and droughts.

    Countries as far away as Burkina Faso and Denmark presented similar forecasts, with temperatures of up to 40°C, thunder storms and risk of flooding.

    According to the WMO, the scenarios is based on "the most up-to-date climate science" and show a compelling picture of what weather forecasts could look like in just 36 years if the world fails to take action against climate change.

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    global warming, forecast, climate, meteorology, World Meteorological organization (WMO), Denmark, Belgium
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