Climate change behind European heatwave

The record-breaking heatwave in Europe was made significantly worse and more likely because of anthropogenic climate change, a team of researchers has found.

As Europe swelters through one of its hottest summers on record, and records tumble from the Czech Republic to Spain, researchers from the World Weather Attribution found a very large increase in the temperature of these heatwaves throughout the continent.

The report comes as the Copernicus Climate Change Service found that the continent had experienced the hottest June since 1880.

The C3S also found that the global-average temperature for June 2019 was also the highest on record for the month. It was about 0.1°C higher than that of the previous warmest June, in 2016, following a strong El Niño event.

Jean-Noël Thépaut, Head of C3S, comments: “Although local temperatures may have been lower or higher than those forecast, our data show that the temperatures over the southwestern region of Europe during the last week of June were unusually high. Although this was exceptional, we are likely to see more of these events in the future due to climate change."

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