This year could be one of the warmest since 1850, with the median global temperature nearly half a degree Celsius higher than the 14 degree median during 1961-1990 Reuters reported, according to Antena 3. “Year 2012 is expected to be 0.48 C warmer than the long-term (1961-1990) global median of 14C,” according to the British Meteorology Office. According to a document made public at the Durban Climate Change Conference late last year, after record high temperatures in 2010, 2011 was the 10th hottest year since 1850, when record began, but also the warmest year with the La Nina effect, which is accompanied by lower temperatures.
Rains in the south, snow in the north
In Romania, weather will change drastically nationwide starting today, with rains to fall in the southern regions, and snow in the northern ones. The change is brought by a cyclone to get a boost over the Balkan Peninsula on its way to the western portion of the Black Sea basin. Meteorologists say that, as the cold air front makes its way across Romania, so will the sleet and snow in the southern regions of the country.
Three month prognosis
Weather experts say January will see little precipitation, yet temperatures will drop below 0C, to -4C in the hilly areas, and – 4 to – 6C in northern Moldavia and Transylvania, – 6 to – 10C in the Carpathians arch area and inter-mountain depressions,” “Adevarul” quoted Roxana Bojariu, a climatologist at the National Meteorological Administration, as saying. February will witness some precipitation and temperature values of 0 to 2C, with rains to grab the spotlight in March across western and central Romania, while temperatures will near seasonable values.