Switzerland, July 3
Worldwide, the month of June 2019 has been identified as the hottest month ever on record, edging out June 2016 by 0.18 degrees Fahrenheit.
Europe especially felt the heat compared to other continents with June 25-29 particularly considered toasty days, and the month’s temperatures beat out the previous record, set in June 1999, by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts announced the numbers on Tuesday, citing data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), the ECMWF’s Earth observation programme on behalf of the European Union.
The data indicated that average temperatures across Europe were more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above normal after a mass of hot air came in from the Sahara Desert.
Comparing the temperatures to those recorded in June from 1981 to 2010, the Centre also discovered that France and Germany, northern Spain, northern Italy, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic’s temperatures were 10.8 to 18 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than usual.
Speaking on the issue, Jean-Noel Thepaut, head of C3S said, “although local temperatures may have been lower or higher than those forecast, our data show that the temperatures over the southwestern region of Europe during the last week of June were unusually high. This was exceptional and we are likely to see more of these events in the future due to climate change.”
Meanwhile, all-time June records in Western Europe were also smashed as temperatures in Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland reached past 100 degrees Fahrenheit.