EU weather forecast report says summer 2022 broke all previous temperature records
This year’s heat waves and subsequent droughts have led to the hottest summer in European history, according to a report by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) – a funded Earth observation agency by the EU.
In its findings, which were released on Thursday, the C3S notes that average temperatures from June to August were 0.4 degrees Celsius above the previous hottest summer, which was recorded in 2021. Meanwhile , temperatures in Europe in August broke the 2018 record by a set 0.8 degrees Celsius.
The agency also notes that August 2022 was much drier than average across large parts of Europe, while across much of Scandinavia and southern Europe conditions were mostly wetter than the average.
“We not only had record high temperatures in August for Europe, but also for the summer, with the previous summer’s record being only a year old,” said Freja Vamborg, senior scientist at the Copernicus Climate Change Service.
Meanwhile, last August became the third hottest August on record globally, with the average temperature 0.3 degrees Celsius higher than the 1991-2020 average for the month.
European Commission spokesman Johannes Bahrke said last month that this summer’s drought in Europe was the worst in at least 500 years, citing a report by the Joint Research Centre, which suggested that 47% of the Europe suffered from a soil moisture deficit.
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C3S previously noted that the past seven years have been the hottest on record globally.
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