World has the 9th consecutive month of record heat

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February 2024 marked the ninth consecutive month of record heat on Earth, scientists from the European Copernicus observatory announced this Thursday (7).

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Therefore, the data considers the average air temperature. But in addition to measurements in the atmosphere, scientists also verified records in the ocean.

“Since June 2023, we have recorded a hotter month with each new period. A worrying fact that clearly illustrates that we are experiencing a climate emergency, or an “era of global boiling”, as defined by UN Secretary-General, António Guterres.

As a result, according to the observatory, February 2024 was the hottest February ever recorded globally because it had an average surface air temperature of 13.54°C, which is equivalent to 0.81°C above the February average from 1991-2020 and 0.12°C above the previous record, in February 2016.

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Furthermore, the global average temperature over the last twelve months (March 2023 – February 2024) is the highest on record, 0.68°C above the 1991-2020 average and 1.56°C above the pre-2020 average. industrial from 1850-1900.

In the seas, the situation is also worrying, as according to the European observatory, the average global sea surface temperature for February reached 21.06°C, a record when compared to any month in the Copernicus dataset.

The number was above the previous record of August 2023 (20.98°C).

Apart from this, the global average daily sea surface temperature reached a new absolute maximum of 21.09°C at the end of the month.

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