Last updated on February 5, 2020
Last month was the warmest January on record worldwide, while at Europe temperatures had been a balmy few degrees Celsius above the normal January from 1981 to 2010, the European Union’s climate tracking system reported Tuesday.
New temperature highs — yearly, annual, decadal — have become commonplace because of the effect of climate change, caused largely by the burning of fossil fuels, scientists say.
2019 — that the second warmest season — was just 0.04C under 2016, when temperatures had been promoted with a strong El Nino, a periodic all-natural weather phenomenon across the Pacific Ocean.
The worldwide record last month has been 0.03C over the previous warmest January, also in 2016.
For Europe, the past month has been”roughly 0.2C warmer than the previous warmest January in 2007, also 3.1C warmer than the typical January at the span 1981-2010,” C3S reported.
The village of Sunndalsora in western Norway, by way of instance, struck 19C (66 Fahrenheit) on January 2, over 25C over the yearly average, although the Swedish city of Orebro saw its warmest January afternoon on the 9th since recordings started in 1858.
Cross-country ski trails were shut across large swathes of both Norway and Sweden.
Exceptional above-average temperatures stretched over almost all of Russia too, and they had been greater than normal over much of the USA, eastern Canada, Japan and parts of eastern China.
Temperatures were similarly higher than ordinary in New South Wales in Australia, where massive bushfires devastated large regions of the country.
Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 — that cause global warming — are currently at their greatest level in at least 800,000 decades.
The United Nations said last year that manmade greenhouse gas emissions necessary to fall 7.6 percent annually during the next decade to cap global heating at 1.5C above preindustrial levels, the aspirational target set at the watershed Paris Agreement.
Present-day pledges to decrease emissions set Earth on a course of many levels warming at the end of the century.