Europe had the Hottest Summer on Record Scientists Say
This year, Europe had the hottest summer on record, although by a small margin over previous highest temperatures for the period between June and August, said European Union scientists.
The EU’s Copernicus Climate Change service said the average atmospheric air temperature between June and August was close to 1 degree Celsius above the average for the period between 1991 and 2020, making it the warmest in its database.
The hottest summers previously recorded, in 2010 and 2018, were 0.1 degree Celsius less hot.
The summer temperature of 2021 marks the latest record of a long-term global warming trend as greenhouse gas emissions alter the planet’s climate.
Copernicus records date back to 1950, but are cross-checked with other databases dating back to the mid-19th century.
In a statement, the service said that, globally, the month of August 2021 was, alongside August 2017, the third warmest month, recorded at just over 0.3 degrees Celsius warmer than the average for the period between 1991 and 2020.