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Climate update: January 2018

Climate update: January 2018
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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.

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