With just weeks left to go, Belarus is heading toward the warmest winter ever recorded. Winter 2019-2020 is so warm – the snow is melting, flowers are blooming and even birds are returning home early this year.
If the trend continues through February, when winter ends for meteorologists, it will set a global high for the season in Belarus records going back 140 years.
According to preliminary estimates, the winter season of 2019-2020 in Belarus was abnormally warm. The average temperature of the three winter months is 1,5 degrees, which is 5,5 degrees higher than the climatic norm.
Due to climate change in 2019, 11 cases of dangerous meteorological phenomena were recorded in the country. Among them, for instance, was a strong wind in Pinsk – 29 m/s and heat in Bragin – 36,4 degrees.
“Due to abnormally warm weather, thunderstorms were observed in January and February,” says Deputy Head of the Center for Hydrometeorology Svetlana Kuzmich.
“The last time this phenomenon was observed in winter in Minsk in 1958, and in Mogilev in 1983. In general, a thunderstorm in February occurs on average once every 15 years.”
Specialists also drew attention to the weather in the spring. According to forecasts of the North Eurasian Climate Center, the average air temperature in spring in Belarus is + 6,9 degrees. In March +0,2 degrees, in April +7,3 degrees, in May +13.3 degrees.
“According to their forecasts, in March and April in Belarus the air temperature is expected to be 0,5–1 degrees above the climatic norm,” Svetlana Kuzmich noted.