Europe experiences hottest summer on record

(ORDO NEWS) — The EU weather forecast says that the summer of 2022 will break all previous temperature records.

This year’s heatwaves and subsequent droughts have led to the hottest summer on record in Europe, according to a report from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), an EU-funded Earth observation agency.

In its findings, which were released on Thursday, 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 as much as 0.8 degrees Celsius.

The agency also notes that August 2022 was much drier than average in most of Europe, while conditions were predominantly wetter than average in much of Scandinavia and southern Europe.

“We had record temperatures not only for Europe in August, but also for the summer, with the previous summer record being just one year old,” said Freya Vamborg, senior scientist at the Copernicus Climate Change Service.

Meanwhile, last August was the third warmest August on record globally, with average temperatures 0.3 degrees Celsius warmer than the monthly average from 1991 to 2020.

European Commission spokesman Johannes Barke said last month that Europe’s drought this summer was the worst in at least 500 years, citing a Joint Research Center report that says 47% of Europe is suffering from soil moisture deficiency.

C3S previously noted that the past seven years have been the hottest on record in the world.

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