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2013: The year in weather

  • Dry me a river
    A young boy runs through a dried riverbed after flood waters receded in the Indian city of Allahabad. Heavy August rain caused the worst floods in 30 years. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Fire in the sky
    US heatweaves created perfect conditions for massive forest fire in the summer; this massive pall of smoke was captured at West Fork Complex, Colorado. (US Forest Service/Reuters)
  • Blue lagoon
    Melting ice creates a pool of water on the Glacial Ice Sheet in Greenland. Warmer temperatures caused increased icemelt in this frozen Nordic island. (Getty Images)
  • Port in a storm
    The lighthouse at Seaham Harbour, County Durham, is hit by huge waves as a winter storm battered the UK. (PA)
  • Twister triptych
    These images of a huge tornado were taken from a video as it touched down in Washington, Illinois. A n epic storm led to a series of tornadoes in the US. (Anthony Khoury/Reuters)
  • Dirty old town
    Smog reached record levels in China this year – pollution from cars and industry creating a hazardous cloud so toxic schools were closed. (ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
  • Cloud city
    Skyscrapers in London’s financial district loom above morning fog in December, taken from a police helicopter. (Metropolitan Police)
  • Bolt from the black
    The night sky in Jakarta, Indonesia, is lit up by a flash of lightning, during a storm in June which caused heavy monsoon rains. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Water torture
    Chinese soldiers run from crashing waves on a seawall in Wenling, in east China's Zhejiang province, as Typhoon Fitow hit land in October. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Colour me bad
    Soaring temperatures led Australian scientists to devise a new colour code for hottest readings; those over 52C are shown in purple, as above. (Australian Bureau of Meteorology)
A year of extremes in weather, from heatwaves in Australia and the US to the awesome power of storms on the British coastline.

More amazing image galleries of the year:

The year in space

The year in amazing design

The year in wildlife

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