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An explanation of how heat from the Sun in conjunction with the Earth's rotation create our weather. The atmosphere is heated by the Sun and spun by the rotation of the Earth. The heat from the Sun is most concentrated at the equator and tropics. This creates hot air which rises and forms a series of circulation patterns. The weather in Britain is variable as it lies in a band where hot and cold air come together.
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Bitesize: Geography
First broadcast:
16 March 2007

Classroom Ideas

Write the headings 'Polar Weather', 'Tropical Weather' and 'Britain's Weather' on the board. Pupils can then describe the differences. Give each group a globe and ask them to mark on the areas and suggest why the weather is different. Watch the clip and review whether they were correct.

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