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Reporting on December 27, 2011, the French national meteorological service Météo-France states that the average daily temperature over the past year was 13.6 degrees Celsius, which is the warmest ever on record, while the Russian capital city Moscow also noted the highest ever December temperatures in history.

On December 25, 2011, hundreds of dead magpies were found throughout the woods near Hengshui Lake in China's Hebei province, with experts saying that the cause of the birds' death was thus far unknown.