A world record for the hottest February 2024 in history

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There are now eight consecutive months that have marked record-breaking temperatures around the world, according to scientists, as reported by The Guardian, and February 2024 has firmly secured its place as the warmest February ever recorded.

As per data provided by the Copernicus Climate Change Service of the European Union, not only have global sea surface temperatures reached an all-time high, but for the month of February, they also exceeded the preindustrial average for the month (1850-1900) by 1.77°C and exceeded the levels between 1991 and 2020 by 0.81°C.

Across the past year, from March 2023 to February 2024, the average global temperature reached a record high, reaching a historic 1.56°C above pre-industrial levels. This is a critical threshold that states if the temperature rises any further, global warming will result in severe long-term impacts linked to climate change.

On four days between the 8th and 11th of February, Copernicus reported a global average temperature of 10°C above 1850-1900 on the four days when the temperatures exceeded 1850-1900 for the first time in more than a century. 

There was a slight increase of 3.3°C in temperatures in Europe for February 2024, with temperatures in central and eastern Europe also being well above the 1991-2020 average. As a result of the warmest winter in the history of Europe that lasted from December 2023 to February 2024, it ranks second on the list.

A remarkable temperature record was set by the global average sea surface temperature for February, excluding the polar regions, where the average temperature reached 21.06°C, surpassing the previous record of 21.05°C set in August 2023 by an astounding margin

According to Carlo Buontempo, the director of Copernicus Climate Change Service, additional warming trends are expected during the next few decades, which emphasizes the need for greenhouse gas concentrations to be stabilized in order to prevent further temperature extremes from occurring. 

During her presentation at the Imperial College London, Friederike Otto from Imperial College London highlighted the need for a transition away from fossil fuels in order to mitigate the impacts associated with the intensification of extreme weather events due to global warming.

Timenews1 provided that news.

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