Europe Experiences Hottest Month of June on Record

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  • Data provided by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) shows that the global-average temperature for June 2019 was the highest on record for the month.
  • It was about 0.1°C higher than that of the previous warmest June, in 2016, following a strong El Niño event.
  • Temperatures of 6-10°C above normal occurred over most of France and Germany, northern Spain, northern Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

Although it is difficult to directly attribute this heat wave to climate change, such extreme weather events are expected to become more common as the planet continues to warm under increasing greenhouse gas concentrations according to C3S.

On the 28th June France hit its highest recorded temperature – 45.9C (114.6F) – amid a heatwave in Europe that has claimed several lives. The new record was measured in the southern village of Gallargues-le-Montueux. The previous highest temperature recorded was 44.1C during a heatwave in 2003 that killed thousands.

Global energy consumption in 2018 increased at nearly twice the average rate of growth since 2010 according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Global Energy & CO2 Status Report. The demand has been driven by a robust global economy and higher heating and cooling needs in some parts of the world due to extreme weather events. As a result of higher energy consumption, CO2 emissions rose 1.7% last year and hit a new record. India, China and Russia account for 70% of all global carbon emissions. Read more

Author: Bryan Groenendaal



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