World has the 9th consecutive month of record heat

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.