January 2018 was warmer than usual across Europe, and far colder than average in southern Russia, central Asia , and across the southern and eastern USA.
Data shows last month to be two degrees warmer than average in Europe; the fourth warmest January on record.
The warm temperatures were combined with high precipitation in many parts of Europe – with France experiencing widespread flooding, while the Alpine regions saw heavy snowfall.
In the southern hemisphere it was a different picture – eastern Australia & southern Africa saw very dry conditions last month.
Sea ice coverage was below average at both poles, with Antarctica at its second lowest level on record.