February 2024 globally warmest on record: EU’s climate agency Copernicus

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February 2024 marked the warmest February ever documented globally, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service.

The average surface air temperature across the globe reached 13.54 degrees Celsius last month, surpassing the 1991-2020 February average by 0.81 degrees Celsius, said a report released Thursday by Copernicus.

This figure is also 0.12 degrees Celsius above the temperature of the previous hottest February in 2016, which underscored the rising trend of global warming.

According to the report, the global average temperature for the past 12 months from March 2023 to February 2024 was also the highest on record, 0.68 degrees Celsius above the 1991-2020 average.

February 2024 also recorded unprecedented highs in global sea surface temperatures (SSTs) of an average of 21.06 degrees Celsius.

The ongoing El Nino event has played a crucial part in the rising global SSTs. But the most recent El Nino peaked in December and is gradually weakening and SSTs in the equatorial Pacific are lower than those in February 1998 and 2016 respectively.

Source: Xinhua

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