Last month, temperatures hit a record, according to the European Centre for Weather Forecasts. Data provided by the Copernicus Climate Change Service shows that the European-average temperature was higher in June 2019 than in any other month of June.

A short but extreme heatwave coming from the Sahara Desert passed through Europe, causing an increase of 2ºC above the average temperature for the month.

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Average June temperatures (°C) for Europe (top) and globally (bottom) from 1880 to 2019, shown as differences from long-term average values for 1850 to 1900. June 2019 is highlighted. Data sources: ERA5 (ECMWF, Copernicus Climate Change Service) and HadCRUT4 (Met Office Hadley Centre and Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia).

The World Meteorological Organization states that 13 weather stations across the continent broke the previous heat record of 44.1ºC, set during the summer of 2003, and many stations broke all-time maximum temperature records.

Experts fear that such heatwave episodes will be more usual and extreme, as the global temperature continues to rise due to greenhouse gas emissions. 

Copernicus – Climate Change Service (retrieved on July 3, 2019)
World Meteorological Organization (retrieved on July 3, 2019)

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