Reccemag: Last month was the hottest June ever recorded with soaring temperatures worldwide capped off by a record-breaking heat wave across Western Europe, satellite data showed.
Data provided by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts on behalf of the EU, showed that the global average temperature for June 2019 was the highest on record for the month.
The data indicated that average temperatures across Europe were more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above normal after a mass of hot air coming in from the Sahara Desert.
A team of scientists said it was difficult to attribute the record-breaking month “directly” to climate change, but a separate analysis on Tuesday from an international team of scientists said global warming had made the heat wave at least five times more likely.
“Such extreme weather events are expected to become more common as the planet continues to warm under increasing greenhouse gas concentrations,” according to Copernicus Climate Change Service.
Some gases, including carbon dioxide and methane, trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere, producing a “greenhouse effect” which makes the planet warmer. Climate scientists say that our globe is 1°C hotter today than it was between 1850 and 1900 and that this is due in part to gas emissions from cars, planes and other human activities.
The global average temperature was about 0.1C higher than during the previous warmest June in 2016.