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Global Sea Surface Temperatures hit new record

Another new record. 21.19°C today. I’d give the y-axis one more day @EliotJacobson on March 6. 2024.

Copernicus: February 2024 was globally the warmest on record

Surface air temperature anomaly for February 2024 relative to the February average for the period 1991-2020. Data source: ERA5. Credit: Copernicus Climate Change Service/ECMWF.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts on behalf of the European Commission with funding from the EU, routinely publishes monthly climate bulletins reporting on the changes observed in global surface air and sea temperatures, sea ice cover and hydrological variables. All the reported findings are based on computer-generated analyses and, according to the ERA5 reanalysis dataset, using billions of measurements from satellites, ships, aircraft, and weather stations around the world. 

February joins the long streak of records of the last few months. As remarkable as this might appear, it is not really surprising as the continuous warming of the climate system inevitably leads to new temperature extremes. The climate responds to the actual concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere so, unless we manage to stabilise those, we will inevitably face new global temperature records and their consequences.”

Carlo Buentempo, Director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service

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