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France's winter 'is the warmest ever recorded'

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France's winter 'is the warmest ever recorded'
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The last three months have been the warmest temperatures ever recorded in France, according to data published on Friday.

Météo France, the country's weather agency, said the 1 December- 29 February period had been the hottest since 1900.

Temperatures in France were 2.7℃ above the 1981-2010 average, with conditions in February especially mild.

"The temperature was, on average, 2°C above the normal in December and January and more than 3°C in February," said Météo-France.

The average temperature during France's meteorological winter is 5.4℃, but the mercury hit more than 20℃ in February in the south.

This map from Meteo France shows the extent to which this winter's temperatures have exceeded the 1981-2010 average.

Météo France

It comes after American scientists at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) listed three major climate trends so far this winter.

  • Record-warm temperatures were seen in various regions: Scandinavia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, the central and western Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, and Central and South America. On the other hand, no land or ocean areas had record-cold January temperatures.
  • Polar sea ice coverage smaller than normal: Arctic sea ice coverage was 5.3% below 1981-2010 average. Antarctic sea coverage was 9.8% below.
  • Snow cover was lacking: Northern Hemisphere snow coverage was below the 1981–2010 average, having the 18th-smallest January snow cover in the 54-year record.
NOAA's State of the Climate Reports, January 2020
NOAA Global Temp
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