October was Europe’s hottest ever

Paris, Nov 8 (EFE).- October was the warmest ever recorded in Europe, the European space observation system Copernicus said Tuesday.

Temperatures last month were almost 2C (35.6F) above the 1991-2020 average.

Large parts of Spain, Italy, France, Austria and Switzerland, experienced record temperatures for October, Copernicus said in a statement.

The record is 0.5C higher than the warmest October ever, in 2020. Moreover, last month’s figure comes on top of last summer being the warmest on record in Europe (1.34C above average).

Warm southwesterly winds, which prevailed in western Europe during October, were behind the unusually high temperatures.

Outside Europe, Canada also recorded record temperatures for October, while Greenland and Siberia recorded warmer-than-average episodes, Copernicus said.

Globally, October had an average temperature 0.41C higher than the 1991-2020 average, and was only 0.04C lower than the warmest ever October, which was in 2019.

“The severe consequences of climate change are very visible today and we need ambitious climate action at COP27 to ensure emissions reduction to stabilize temperatures close to the Paris Agreement target of 1.5 degrees,” deputy director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service, Samantha Burgess, said in the statement. EFE


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