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»Der vergangene Winter war der wärmste je gemessene in Europa«

Daten des europäische Erdbeobachtungsprogramms Copernicus, 4.3.2020 (engl. Originalfassung)

Last month was the second warmest February in our record, both globally and for Europe. The past winter (December 2019 to February 2020) was by far the warmest on record for Europe. With persistent mild weather over Europe, particularly in the north and east, it had an average temperature almost 1.4°C higher than that of the previous warmest winter, 2015/16.

European-average temperature anomalies are generally larger and more variable than global anomalies, especially in winter, when they can change by several degrees from one month to the next. The European-average temperature for February 2020 was particularly high. 

The month was: 3.9°C warmer than the average February in the period 1981-2010, the second warmest February in this data record, after February 1990, which was 4.5°C warmer than the 1981-2010 average; 0.1°C warmer than February 2016, which is now the third warmest February.

The persistence of above-average temperatures over Europe resulted in a December-February average temperature for the continent that was 3.4ºC above the 1981-2010 norm. This makes 2019/20 by far the warmest European winter in this and longer data records.

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