Global temperatures continue to set records in March, report shows

Last month was the second warmest March EVER recorded as temperatures continue to rise worldwide, report finds

  • Temperatures in  Europe and Australia marched upward in March says the WMO
  • For Europe, March was the second hottest, while in Australia it broke the record 
  • The trend in higher-than-usual temperatures is a global phenomenon 
  • Experts say the continued temperature rise will have an array of consequences 

According to a monthly report from the World Meteorological Society, this past March was the world’s second warmest on record, continuing a trend of record temperatures in the past several years.

In some areas of eastern Europe temperatures soared to as much as 3 degrees Celsius over average temperatures logged throughout the last 30 years while temperatures in Australia rose to their highest ever recorded in March.

According to Australia’s Meteorological Bureau, as a result of high temperatures and a lack of rainfall, arid regions also contended several large brush fires — scientists expect fires to worsen as temperatures rise and create dryer conditions across the globe.

A heat map shows much of the globe experience high than usual temperatures. In some areas of eastern Europe temperatures soared to as much as 3 degrees Celsius over average temperatures logged throughout the last 30 years

The bureau’s measurements show the Australia’s yearly average was more than 2.1 degrees Celsius over the 30 year mean temperature.

Likewise, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, recorded similar phenomenon globally in a recent monthly report. 

January through February 2019 was the globe’s fourth warmest two-month period in 140 years said the organization in a recent monthly report. 

Not every region assessed by the World Meteorological Society (WMO) followed the same trend, however.

On mainland Europe, some countries were spared from the forward march of temperatures, with parts of Norway, Finland, and Sweden, clocking in at an average March temperature slightly colder than average.

Record-setting temperatures come on the heels of the WMO’s State of the Global Climate report released late last month which details a myriad of concerning trends contributing to changing climates across the globe. 

Among the key indicators that our global temperatures rise will likely continue, says the agency, is increased Co2 in the Earth’s atmosphere.

In 1994 the report clocked C02 levels at 357 million parts per million while 2017 levels exceeded 405 parts per million. 

With inadequate efforts to mitigate emissions across the globe, the WMO says levels will likely only increase.

Experts say melting glaciers will continue to raise sea levels if climate change goes unmitigated. File photo

In addition to glacial retreat, heat waves, and sea level rise, the consequences of unchecked Co2-fueled climate change will apply pressure across an array of critical aspects for human well-being, the report says.

Among the major effects will be the increased displacement of people across the glove. 

Of the 17.7 million people who are tracked by the International Organization for Migration, 2 million were forced out due to extreme weather and climate events. 

Both floods and droughts — both fueled by sea level rise and temperature increases aided by climate change — were behind a significant swath of the displacements. 

‘These data confirm the urgency of climate action,’ said U.N. Secretary General António Guterres in a statement. ‘There is no longer any time for delay…’


Climate change will contribute to ocean acidification, according to the National Ocean Service.

This change can be attributed to higher levels of greenhouse gases emerging as a result of human activities.

Climate change affects the ocean in a variety of ways.

A new study has found that methane flares in a region off the coast of Norway are not caused by climate change as was previously assumed. However scientists are warning that the man-made effects of climate change are still persisting (file photo)

It can cause sea levels to rise and coral in the sea to be smothered.

Climate change can also affect the ocean’s currents and cause ‘murky’ water conditions with reduced amounts of light, according to the National Ocean Service.

The organization has provided the following tips for lowering the amount of damage done to the oceans:

  • Eat sustainable seafood. 
  • Refrain from dumping household chemicals into storm drains. 
  • Drive as little as possible.
  • Recycle.
  • Print less.
  • Help with beach cleanups.

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