February Broke All Heat Records

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According to reported Copernicus, the European Union’s climate monitoring service, last February was the warmest February in the planet with 1.7 degree Celsius warmer, and the ninth consecutive month of record-breaking temperatures.

The average global surface air temperature during the month was 13.54 degrees Celsius — or about 56 degrees Fahrenheit — and beats the previous warmest February, which was recorded in 2016.

The month was also part of a record-warm twelve-month period, according to the service, which reported that “the global-average temperature for the past twelve months is the highest on record, at 0.68 degrees Celsius above the 1991-2020 average.”

The record-breaking temperatures reflect the long-term impacts of climate change and this winter’s El Niño, which was predicted to be historically strong.

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Carlo Buontempo, the director of Copernicus, told CNN, “February joins the long streak of records in the last few months. As remarkable as this might appear, it is not really surprising as the continuous warming of the climate system inevitable leads to new temperature extremes.”

The February had also the record setting global sea surface temperature, measuring 21.06 degree Celsius, a figure higher than previously recorded 20.98 degree Celsius in 2023, The Hill reports. “The report’s findings come after a record warm 2023; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed that 2023 was the hottest single year ever recorded.”