Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The United Nations system, including the WMO, is working together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in this time of crisis. In addition, WMO has engaged with National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to help alleviate the impacts of the social distancing requirements for COVID-19 on the issuing of life-saving early warnings for weather, climate and water-related hazards to populations at risk.


The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of international solidarity and unity in the face of the worst global health and economic crisis in our lifetime. It also underlines the importance of early warning systems and the need to heed public health advisories, based on the best possible science.

The pandemic and resultant lockdowns have posed a number of challenges for the delivery of weather and climate services. It has also raised many questions as to whether environmental correlations with the virus exist and how the lockdowns and resultant reductions in fossil fuel emissions will affect long term climate change.

The WMO Community of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, Regional Climate Centres and Regional Specialized Meteorological Centres have continued to work throughout the pandemic to protect lives and livelihoods from natural hazards and to address global environmental challenges.

Explore the pages below to find out more about how the WMO Community is serving the you at the local, national, regional and global level throughout the pandemic.