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.
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.
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