EE: This summer was by far the hottest on record

August was the hottest on record on the continent

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The summer of 2022 was Europe's hottest on record, with the continent sweltering in record temperatures and experiencing its worst drought in centuries, the European Commission's satellite monitoring service said on Thursday.

Scientists say heatwaves and droughts are becoming more frequent and more severe due to climate change.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said temperatures in Europe were "the hottest on record for both the month of August and the summer (June-August) as a whole".

The data showed that August was the continent's hottest on record by a "significant margin", beating the previous record set in August 2021 by 0,4 degrees Celsius.

"A series of intense heatwaves across Europe, combined with unusually dry conditions, led to an extreme summer with record temperatures, drought and wildfires in many parts of Europe, affecting society and nature in various ways," said a senior C3S scientist.

"The data shows that we not only had record temperatures for August in Europe but also for the entire summer, with the previous summer record being just one year," said Freja Vaborg.

Globally, August 2022 was the warmest August on record. The average temperature was 0,3C higher than the 1991-2020 average for the month, the European agency said.

Source: Agence France-Presse