The planet sweated it out again last month, as February ranked as the second hottest February in the 141-year global climate record, according to scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information.

In addition, meteorological winter hardly made an appearance in large parts of the Northern Hemisphere, as both Europe and Asia recorded their warmest winters ever. 

Globally, both the season (December through February) and the year to date (January through February) ranked second hottest in recorded history. 

The average global land and ocean surface temperature for February 2020 was 2,11°F (1,17°C) above the 20th-century average and the second highest on record behind 2016. 

Earth’s ten warmest Februarys have all occurred since 1998. In addition, the global temperature departure from average for February was the highest monthly temperature departure without an El Niño present in the tropical Pacific Ocean, surpassing the previous record set in January.

For the season (December through February), it was the second warmest winter on record for the Northern Hemisphere and the second hottest summer ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere. For both hemispheres, only the period from December 2015 through February 2016 was warmer.

Global land and ocean surface temperature in January and February this year was 2,09°F (1,16°C) above the 20th-century average, which made it the second warmest such period in the 141-year record behind the same period in 2016. – www.noaa.gov