January 2020 likely to be one of the mildest on record

I did say earlier this month that the odds of a mild January were 8-1 on. January 2020 didn’t disappoint, and it could end up being the mildest on record, and here I’m talking in terms of the gridded regional data back to 1910, but one big hurdle stands in the of that – January 2007. On the central England front it looks likely January 2020 will be the 11th mildest since 1772, behind both 2007 and 2008. Generally mean anomalies across IONA were in the range 2 to 3°C above the LTA almost across the board, but these pale when compared to the 4 to 10°C anomalies in southern Norway and Sweden. I watch the weather chat most days at 2.30 PM on the BBC news channel, and never once heard news of the abnormally mild weather over Scandinavia and Russia, although I did hear a report of heavy rain in Brazil, and countless reports about extreme weather in Australia. Personally I’ll be glad to see the back of the mild January of 2020.

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