2019 sets record for Europe's hottest year

2019 sets record for Europe's hottest year

Last year, 2019, was the hottest year in history across Europe, the European Union's satellite monitoring service announced.

The EU's Copernicus Climate Change Service (CS3) said in a new report that 11 out of 12 of the warmest years on record took place since 2000. Areas of the European Arctic were close to 1 degree Celsius warmer than normal.

Greenhouse gas emissions also led to widespread drought in parts of southern Europe. Summer heatwaves led to July 2019 being the hottest month ever recorded.

Globally, 2019 was second only to 2016. In Europe, the 2019 average temperature is closely followed by 2014, 2015 and 2018, DW reported.

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