World hits 10th consecutive month of record-high temperatures

Jonathan Tirone, Bloomberg News on

Published in Weather News

March was the Earth’s 10th consecutive month of record-breaking heat, with populations across much of the northern and southern hemispheres experiencing temperatures overshooting climate targets.

The European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service reported Tuesday that record March temperatures globally were 1.68 degrees Celsius (3 degrees Fahrenheit) hotter than historical averages. The past 12 months have been 1.58 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures, exceeding the 1.5 degrees Celsius limit that policymakers and scientists warn could threaten life on the planet.

“March 2024 continues the sequence of climate records toppling for both air temperature and ocean surface temperatures,” said Copernicus Deputy Director Samantha Burgess. “The global average temperature is the highest on record. Stopping further warming requires rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.”


The Copernicus program — the world’s biggest provider of climate data — uses billions of measurements from satellites, ships, aircraft and weather stations around the world for its monthly and seasonal forecasts.

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