The previous record of September 2019 was surpassed by September this year by 0.05 degrees Celsius. As far as pure Europe is concerned, September 2018 has ruled there so far, whose average temperature has been reduced by 0.2 degrees. The heat wave has significantly contributed to the massive fires in California and Australia. In the south of France, twice again last month, they experienced such torrential rains, which, according to Météo-France, are expected once every 100 years.
“Some of these events are truly extraordinary. But we should not create the false impression that temperatures will rise every year, “she said BBC Deputy Director of Copernicus Samantha Burgess. “We predicted that such emergencies would occur due to the impact of our behavior on the climate.”
According to Copernicus, it was significantly warmer last month in the Arctic, the Middle East, and parts of South America and Australia. The ice sheet in the Arctic Ocean was the second lowest since the beginning of satellite observations.
According to the server Euronews Russian Siberia has been experiencing an unusually warm year since spring. May was 10 degrees Celsius warmer than the long-term average. June then exceeded the average from 1981 to 2020 by more than five degrees.
According to Copernicus experts, special attention will now be paid to the La Niña phenomenon and ice cover in the Arctic in the autumn. It is these factors that should influence whether the whole year 2020 will exceed the absolute temperature record. According to the head of the EU climate service Carl Buontemp, this year’s weather serves as proof why we need an even more comprehensive observation of climate phenomena.
According to the Copernicus service, year-round data so far show that this year could be at least as warm as the record year 2016. This year, it is already surpassing last year’s average temperatures, the second warmest in climate service statistics so far.
The Copernicus service issues regular reports on air temperature, glacier condition and water cycle. It evaluates data collected by satellites, ships, aircraft and weather stations around the world.
So far this year, it has ranked among the four warmest in recorded history every month. In January, May and now also in September, meteorologists even measured the highest average temperatures ever.