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February sets new record as warmest month ever recorded in the world

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 19, 2024
February sets new record as warmest month ever recorded in the world

The upcoming WMO State of the Global Climate 2023 report, set to be released on 19 March, will provide comprehensive details on key climate change indicators and impacts from the previous year.

According to the Copernicus Climate Change Service, February was significantly warmer compared to the estimated average for the pre-industrial reference period of 1850-1900. The month as a whole was 1.77°C warmer, with the global sea surface temperature over 60°S–60°N reaching a record high of 21.06°C, surpassing the previous record set in August 2023.

In addition, the average daily sea surface temperature hit a new high of 21.09°C by the end of February. Sea surface temperature is a critical metric for climate monitoring and is used globally for assessing climate trends.

While El Niño weakened in the equatorial Pacific, marine air temperatures remained exceptionally high overall. February temperatures were above average in most regions like the Arctic, the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Australia. Conversely, parts of Greenland, eastern Asia, and Antarctica experienced cooler temperatures. North America, South America, and Europe all reported their warmest February on record, with Africa ranking as the second warmest.

Notably, global sea ice extent was the fourth smallest on record, with Arctic sea ice slightly below average and Antarctic sea ice much below average, ranking as the second-smallest on record. The findings in the report are based on data from six international datasets, including ERA5 and NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, providing a comprehensive overview of global climate trends.

By Samantha Johnson

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