Copernicus: March 2020 on Par With 2017 and 2019, the Second and Third Warmest Marches on Record


Early findings show March 2020 was one of the warmest in history.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts on behalf of the European Commission, routinely publishes monthly climate bulletins reporting on the changes observed in global surface air temperature, sea ice cover and hydrological variables. All the reported findings are based on computer-generated analyses using billions of measurements from satellites, ships, aircraft and weather stations around the world.

March 2020 surface air temperature:

  • Global temperature was on par with the second and third warmest Marches (2017 and 2019);
  • In Europe, temperatures were close to or just below average over its westernmost parts, but well above average around the Baltic sea and in the East;
  • Temperatures were much above average in large parts of Russia and many regions in Asia, over much of eastern and southern USA, Mexico, southern South America, central Africa and western Australia;
  • Most notable below average temperatures were seen in northern and western Canada, Greenland, Svalbard and east Antarctica.

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