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Scientists Reveal This Winter Was Warmest on Record in Europe

A flock of flamingos enjoying the sunny winter weather in Nea Kios, Greece. Photo: AMNA

Scientists from the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service announced recently that the period between December 2019 and February 2020 was the warmest winter ever to be recorded in Europe.
This shocking revelation comes as no surprise, since most of Europe has indeed experienced a very mild winter compared to previous years, but with some extremely severe storms which caused widespread flooding in some areas, or drought in others.
Surface air scan showing much warmer temperatures for March 2019 to February 2020 relative to the average for 1981-2010. Data source: ERA5. Credit: Copernicus Climate Change Service/ECMWF

The average quarterly temperature was 1.4 degrees Celsius above the previous winter temperature record, which was recorded in the winter of 2015-2016.
This year’s winter was also 3.4 degrees Celsius warmer than the entire 1981-2010 average for Europe.

Globally, this season’s winter was the second hottest ever to be recorded.
More specifically, this February was the second-warmest February across the world.
It should be noted that Copernicus’ database goes back to 1855.
Greece certainly experienced a particularly warm winter this year, with snowfall being only sporadic and not evenly spread across the country.
Traditionally cold areas, such as northern Greece, had a relatively dry period, while other areas in southern Greece saw extensive snow, which fell for short periods of time.

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