According to European Union scientists, Europe had its warmest summer on record this year.
The EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service said the average surface air temperature from June to August was close to 1.0C above the 1992 to 2020 average, which made it the warmest in the dataset.
Copernicus said in a statement that globally, August 2021 was the third-warmest on record, slightly over 0.3C warmer than the 1992 – 2020 average.
In Europe, August 2021 was close to the 1991-2020 average, however, there were contrasting conditions across the continent, such as record-breaking maximum temperatures in Mediterranean countries as well as warmer-than-average temperatures in the east.
The summer temperatures for 2021 marks the latest milestone in a long-term global warming trend as the planet’s climate has been altered due to greenhouse gasses.