Climate, summer 2022 the hottest ever recorded in Europe

Copernicus Climate Change Service data

There average temperature in Europe was the highest ever recorded for both August and all summer (June-August), with substantial margins of 0.8 ° C compared to 2018 for August and 0.4 ° C compared to 2021 for the whole summer. This is what Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) has revealed, implemented by the European Center for Medium-Term Weather Forecasts on behalf of the European Commission.

According to C3S, European temperatures were above average particularly in the eastern part of the continent in August, but were still well above average in the southwest, where they had already been high in June and July as well; heat waves were concentrated in this part of Europe and in central and eastern China for all three summer months. North America also experienced one of its hottest summers ever.

“An intense series of heat waves across Europe, combined with unusual drought conditions, led to an extreme summer that broke all records in terms of temperature, drought and fire activity in a large number of European regions. , with various repercussions on society and nature. Data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service shows that not only did we have record temperatures in August in Europe, but also throughout the summer, with the previous summer record only being a year ago, “notes Freja Vamborg, Senior Scientist at Copernicus Climate Change Service.

Globally, the average temperature in August 2022 was 0.3 ° C higher than the 1991-2020 average for the month, resulting overall in the third hottest August on record; similar to the values ​​of August 2017 and 2021 and within 0.1 ° C compared to the highest values ​​reached in August 2016 and 2019.