This year summer was the hottest ever recorded in Europe, according to its European Climate Change Agency (C3S) Copernicus, which underlines the temperatures records observed in August in Mediterranean countries – including Greece – which were severely affected by the fires.
In particular, the average temperature in June-July-August in Europe was higher by almost 1 degree Celsius from the average of the period 1991-2020, the service states in a statement issued.
“It simply came to our notice then the hottest summer“, With a small difference (0.1 degree Celsius) from the summers of 2010 and 2018.
The temperature in August was quite high close to the middle condition, a fact that hides very important differences between the different regions of the continent, transmits the ΑΠΕ ΜΠΕ. Thus, temperatures were lower than average in northern Europe, but higher in eastern Europe while record temperatures were recorded in Mediterranean countries.
“During the heatwave in southern Europe, temperature 48.8 degrees Celsius recorded on August 11 at Sicily. This temperature, if confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization, will be the highest recorded never in Europe “, C3S emphasizes in this regard.
The heat wave, which also hit Spain – and earlier this month Greece and Turkey – helped create “favorable conditions” for catastrophic fires in the region, the European agency said.