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02.03.2021

Climate characteristic of February 2021

The average temperature in February 2021 was -6.5°C, which is 2.2°C below the climatic norm. For the period 1945-2021, February with such and lower air temperatures occurs on average once every three years, and was last observed in 2012.
Deviation of the average monthly air temperature in February 
from the climatic norm in the Republic of Belarus

The below zero air temperature anomaly spread everywhere. The largest negative deviations of air temperature from the climatic norm were noted in the Mogilev region (-2.7°C), the smallest was in the Brest region (-1.7°C). The first and second ten days of the month were very cold with average ten-day temperatures 4.4°C and 6.0°C below normal, respectively. The third decade was very warm with an average temperature of 5.5°C above normal.
The absolute maximum air temperature was recorded in Brest on February 25 and amounted to +15.0°С. The absolute minimum air temperature was recorded in Bragin on February 19 and amounted to -29.4°С.

Average air temperature and climatic norm
through the decades of February 2021 in the Republic of Belarus

In February, the amount of precipitation in Belarus averaged 38.7 mm, or 111% of the climatic norm. Excess precipitation was noted over most of the country. The largest amount of precipitation fell in the Mogilev and Gomel regions - on average 57.9 mm (175% of the climatic norm) and 55.9 mm (164% of the climatic norm), respectively, the lowest in the Vitebsk region - on average for the region 21.6 mm (54 % of the climatic norm).

Precipitation in February 2021 and climate norm
by regions and across the territory of the Republic of Belarus

During the month, precipitation fell unevenly. In the first decade, excessive moisture was noted (21.9 mm or 178% of the norm per decade fell), in the second decade, the moisture regime was close to the usual (12.4 mm or 105% of the norm), in the third, there was a shortage of precipitation (4.5 mm or 41%).   

Precipitation and climatic norm for decades of February 2021
on the territory of the Republic of Belarus

Precipitation fell in the form of rain, sleet and snow. Throughout the month, snow cover was everywhere, reaching a height of 30-58 cm in places. Despite intense snowfalls, the historical maximum snow cover height was exceeded only at Gorki station (here the maximum snow cover height in February 2021 was 58 cm), before that the absolute maximum In the last days of the month, at some stations in the Vitebsk and Brest regions, the snow cover completely disappeared. On some days of the month, fogs, blizzards, ice, ice on the roads were noted in places.
Average wind speed for February 2021

During the month, the average wind speed was generally in the range from 1.5 to 3.0 m/s. In some areas, it reached a value of 3.5-4.0 m/s and higher. The lowest wind speeds on average for the month were recorded in the area of Naroch and Vileika stations (1.1 and 0.8 m/s, respectively), and the highest values - in the area of Gorki station 
(4.5 m/s). On some days in February, the wind increased in gusts to 15 m/s and more, and the maximum wind speed (19 m/s) was recorded at Gorki station on February 13.
 

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