We have just experienced a rather unusual January in terms of temperature—a January that seems to be the beginning of spring, when it is often considered one of the coldest months of the year.
However, in many European cities, January is experienced with sunny skies and temperatures more typical of the month of April.
And it’s not what you feel, because experts from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (CS3) have confirmed that we just experienced the hottest January on record.
Specifically, the global average temperature in January is 13.14 °C—that is, 0.7 °C above the 1991–2020 average for January.
January was also 0.12°C higher than the previous warmest January on record, which was in 2020. This is the eighth consecutive month in which temperature records have been broken, since June last year.
It was shown by the measurements of scientists that the global average temperature of the last 12 months was the highest on record, specifically 0.64 °C above average from 1991 to 2020 and 1.52 °C above average from 1850 to 1900.
These data come after Copernicus confirmed that 2023 will be the hottest year on record.
However, the average temperature was 14.98 °C last year—that is, 0.17 °C higher than 2016, which was previously the hottest year ever recorded on the planet.
“The extremes we have observed in recent months provide a striking testimony to how far we are now from the climate in which our civilization developed,” said Carlo Buontempo, director of C3S.
“This has profound consequences for the Paris Agreement and all human endeavors. The only way to stop the increase in global temperatures is to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Samantha Burgess, Deputy Director at C3S.