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Denmark has had its warmest January on record, with an average daytime high of 5.4 degrees Celsius (42 Fahrenheit). This eclipsed the previous record of exactly 5C (41F).

“In the past 30 years, January has become 1.6 degrees warmer – and this year, the country has had no snow and very few frosts.

“Similarly, Norway had its warmest January day on record with a high of 19C (66F) in the village of Sunndalsora on January 2 – a massive 25 degrees above average.

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“Even the Scottish highlands recorded their hottest December day in 70 years. A weather phenomenon known as the Foehn effect caused temperatures to soar to 16.8C (62F) at 03:00 GMT in northern Scotland.

“Elsewhere, Moscow had its warmest December in 133 years, notching up its warmest day for that month in the process with a high of 5.6C (42F) on December 18. December’s weather was so mild that authorities were forced to bring in artificial snow for the festive period.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/europe-record-heat-begins-ease-200203101452307.html


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“On Monday, it was reported that over 70 Russian cities experienced their hottest January since records began… the average January temperature in the capital broke the all-time record by an eye-opening 1.6 degrees.

“They also exceeded the norm by 9.2 degrees.”

https://www.rt.com/russia/479994-climate-change-russia-moscow-temperatures/


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“This past January was the warmest on record in Lithuania, with the average air temperature amounting to 2.8 degrees Celsius, or 6 degrees higher than multiannual monthly temperature average for January…

“January 2020 was also unique as this was the first time that there was not a single day with snow cover during all the month.”

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-02/03/c_138753237.htm


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For about 60% of Finland’s territory, January ended with the most mild measurements ever recorded and some spots saw the temperatures reach 7 or 8 degrees warmer than usual.

““The average January temperature in many areas corresponded to typical March and April conditions” says Jokinen.”

https://newsnowfinland.fi/weather/warm-winter-january-sets-new-weather-records-across-the-country


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Sweden’s unusually warm winter has had a big impact on the country’s wildlife and animals, economy and industry.

“And forecasts from SMHI suggest there is no dramatic drop in temperatures on the horizon, at least not in southern or central Sweden.”

https://www.thelocal.se/20200203/three-consequences-of-swedens-record-breaking-mild-winter


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Several cities across France are reporting temperatures of 24°C-25°C (75-77 °F). Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, two cities close to the ‎Pyrénées Mountains, as well as Tarbes and Perpignan are reporting record heat for what is supposed to be a winter month.

“The heatwave comes in the context of an already mild winter.”

https://www.zmescience.com/ecology/climate/france-heatwave-climate-change-03022020/


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“The main culprit — or savior — was the jet stream, which flowed mostly west to east without any significant dips south into the eastern U.S. that would bring colder air from Canada and the Arctic.

The average temperature in New Jersey was 37.3 degrees — 6.6 degrees above average.”

https://eu.northjersey.com/story/news/environment/2020/02/04/january-featured-record-warmth-what-does-rest-winter-have-store-new-jersey-climate-change-warming/4646109002/


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Record high temperatures for this date were recorded at both BWI Marshall Airport and at Dulles on Monday.

“The National Weather Service reports that BWI hit a high of 67 degrees on Monday afternoon, which broke the old record of 66 degrees set in 1932. Dulles also hit 67 degrees…”

http://www.nottinghammd.com/2020/02/03/record-high-temperatures-recorded-at-bwi-dulles-on-monday/


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Widespread flooding, power outages and bridge washouts have shut down large portions of British Columbia, leaving tens of thousands of Canadians crying for help and hundreds of visitors at Sasquatch Mountain Resort trapped.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/severe-weather/hundreds-trapped-at-resort-after-widespread-flooding-washes-away-roads/673622


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“Tourists are among hundreds of people who have been stranded by flooding in New Zealand’s South Island.

Parts of the island saw more than a metre of rain in 60 hours, the country’s Metservice said, adding that a further 200m-300mm of rain was expected…”

https://news.sky.com/story/new-zealand-flooding-hundreds-of-tourists-stranded-11925858


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WeatherWatch said Monday was the first time it had “not only forecast but reported a verified temperature of 40 degrees in the North Island [NZ]”.

““Historically 40 degree-plus temperatures affect the eastern South Island. However a heatwave from Australia pushed hot air over the North Island yesterday.””

http://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/local-news/20200204/te-karaka-hits-north-island-weather-record-hitting-40-degrees/


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Perth [Australia] has sweltered through its hottest day in five years and the hottest February day in 23 years, with temperatures in the city peaking at 42.7 degrees Celsius just after 3:00pm.

“It comes as the third cyclone of the season builds off WA’s north coast…”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-04/perth-weather-records-hottest-february-day-since-1997/11929960


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Australia’s grain production and exports are expected to continue falling as the country battles multi-year drought and water issues, according to a report from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)…

It is the smallest crop since 2007-08.”

https://www.world-grain.com/articles/13225-australia-grain-production-to-drop-to-10-year-low


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South Korea had its warmest January and the least recorded snowfall, with the average temperature standing at 2.8 degrees Celsius, the weather agency said Tuesday…

“The average temperature in January was 3.8 C higher than the 30-year average temperatures…”

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200204000716


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Residents of Saudi Arabia took to social media this week to post the bewildering sight of a swarm of 360 billion (with a B) of locusts.

“The massive locus swarm measures roughly the size of New York’s island of Manhattan, and has caused tens of millions worth of damage.”

https://www.esquireme.com/content/43234-video-hordes-of-locusts-block-out-the-skies-in-saudi-arabia


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Swarms of desert locusts could ravage more countries in eastern Africa and threaten the livelihood of many more people, the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization said on Monday…

““There also other countries at risk, especially South Sudan, Uganda, Eritrea…,” said Bukar Tijani, assistant director-general of the FAO’s agriculture and consumer protection department.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-locusts/locust-swarms-threaten-more-countries-in-eastern-africa-fao-idUKKBN1ZX1SU


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The World Food Programme is warning that the number of people in need of aid in South Sudan will increase this year. Years of conflict have left nearly half of the population relying on food assistance.

“And, as Al Jaazeera’s Hiba Morgan reports, recent flooding has made the situation worse for thousands more.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/south-sudan-flooding-worsens-humanitarian-crisis-200203151245300.html


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As temperatures soared and the discomfort index reached dangerous levels in large parts of the Eastern Cape on Monday, many towns remained without water as drought, load shedding and vandalism continued to impact on water provision…

““People are trying to steal our pumps and our Jo-Jo tanks. The demands are getting worse as the drought continues and our teams are struggling to cope. There are six communities without water,” she said.”

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-02-04-emergency-restrictions-as-eastern-capes-water-woes-escalate/


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Species that have evolved in tropical regions such Australia’s wet tropics, the Guinean forests of Western Africa and the Andes Mountains will come under increasing stress as the planet warms, the study finds.

“Experts reacted to the study with shock.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/04/global-heating-a-serious-threat-to-the-worlds-climate-refuges-study-finds


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“Scientists have long known that higher air temperatures are contributing to the surface melting on Greenland’s ice sheet. But a new study has found another threat that has begun attacking the ice from below:

Warm ocean water moving underneath the vast glaciers is causing them to melt even more quickly.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/03/world/greenland-glaciers-melting-underwater/index.html


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“…abrupt permafrost thaw happens on the scale of meters over months or years.

“That shocks the surrounding landscape into releasing potentially even more carbon than would have if it thawed at a more leisurely pace.”

https://www.wired.com/story/abrupt-permafrost-thaw/


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