Thursday, December 01, 2022

Europe sees hottest summer on record in 2021

BERLIN ( Associated Press) — Last summer was the hottest summer on record in Europe, scientists say, with temperatures 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the average for the past three decades.

A report released on Friday by the European Union’s Copernicus climate change service found that while spring 2021 was cooler than average, the summer months were marked by “severe and prolonged heatwaves”, with an unprecedented 48.8% Several new temperature records were observed, including C (including 119.8). f) Measured in Sicily last August.

Prolonged high temperatures contributed to the wildfires seen in Siberia, Greece and Turkey last year, and experts say this increased the likelihood of the kind of heavy rainfall that caused deadly floods in Belgium and Germany last July. I.

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Last year sea surface temperatures in the eastern Mediterranean and parts of the Baltic Sea were higher than at any time since at least 1992, where mercury rose more than 5 C (9 F) above average during the summer months Was.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service said annual wind speeds in parts of western and central Europe were the lowest since at least 1979. This led to a reduction in the projected potential of wind power – one of the main sources of renewable energy that European countries are banking on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation.

The agency’s findings are based on ground-based weather stations and satellite observations from the 1950s.

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Globally, the report showed that 2021 was ranked between the 7th and 5th warmest year on record, depending on the dataset used. . Follow up on Associated Press’s climate coverage

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