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02.04.2020

Climate characteristic of March 2020

March of 2020 was warm. Averaged monthly temperature in March +3,6°С that is 3,4°С above climate normal.  Such warm March on the territory of Belarus happens once in 10-15 years.  

Deviations of average air temperature from climate normal in March in the Republic of Belarus 

Positive air temperature anomaly spread everywhere and reached maximum values in the Mogilev region (4,0°С), minimum values were reached in the Brest region (2,8°С). Average monthly air temperature was mainly positive, except same days in the second half of March, when average daily temperature fell down up to negative values. 
Minimum value of air temperature was registered on March 24 on the Berezinsky reserve station (-10,9°С). Maximum air temperature was registered in Oktyabr and Vasilevichi and was +18,7°С. 
First and second decades were very warm with an average air temperature 6,9°С and 4,0°С above climate normal. Air temperature of the third decade was 0,3°С below climate normal.  

  Average air temperature for decades and climate normal in March 2020 in the Republic of Belarus

33.5 mm of precipitation fell out in Belarus in March that is 86% of climate normal. Precipitation spread unevenly. Excess of moisture was observed in the territory of the Mogilev region, where 47 mm of precipitation or 131% of climate normal fell out. In the rest of the country the amount of precipitation was below climate normal, the smallest amount was observed in the Brest region with 23 mm or 65% of climate normal.      
 
Amount of precipitations in March and climate normal across the regions and Republic of Belarus   

Precipitation spread unevenly during March. First decade was wet, 17,6 mm of precipitation fell out that is 141% of decade climate normal. 11,6 mm of precipitation or  90% of climate normal fell out in the second decade. 4,3 mm or 32% of precipitation fell out in the third decade.   
 
Amount of precipitations in March for decades and climate normal across the Republic of Belarus    

Precipitation fell out mainly in forms of rain, snow, wet snow. Snow cover was absent on the bigger part of the country, it preserved for a short time only in places of the fall of precipitation. As for the last days of the month snow cover of 0,1 – 6 cm was observed mainly on the east and south-east of the country.  
Fog, ice, sleet were observed in separate days in the republic. Thunderstorms, hails (up to 6 mm in Gomel on March 14), wind gusts of 20 m/s or more were observed in some areas. The maximum wind speed, which reached the hazardous criteria, was recorded at the station Oshmyany (25 m/s) on March 13 and Grodno (27 m/s) on March 14. A snowstorm was observed in Grodno on March 14.       

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