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Colder February Weather in Russia, USA Does Not Reverse Climate Change Predictions: WMO

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Icicles hang off the State Highway 195 sign on Feb. 18, 2021, in Killeen, Texas. Winter Storm Uri has brought historic cold weather and power outages to Texas as storms have swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation. While February 2021 has been colder than the average of the same month in the last two decades, “none of that negated climate change or reversed the long-term rise in temperatures,” the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) reported.

February 2021 was much colder in comparison to its average since 1991, especially in the countries present in the Northern Hemisphere—such as Russia and the US—said the WMO on Tuesday, reported the Xinhua news agency.

In the United States, the temperature in February was the lowest since 1989. Texas was particularly affected by cold waves, with Dallas city having a record-low temperature of -19°C.

However, Clare Nullis, spokesperson of the WMO, warned at a press conference on Tuesday that what happened in February could be an exception rather than the norm.

“Cold records, cold waves are becoming rarer,” she said, adding that “heat waves, heat records are becoming much more frequent.”

The Geneva-based organisation also warned that temperature in the Arctic and the rest […]

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