İrem GÖL -TDO- New data confirmed that Europe had the warmest year on record in 2019, with exceptional heat in February, June and July. Also the month of November was one of the wettest Novembers on record. Last year’s data showed that the difference with the second warmest year is small. However, 11 out of 12 warmest years in Europe have occurred in the past 25 years.
Summer temperatures were 3C or 4C higher than the normal in some parts of Europe, while after the drought suffered in the summer towards the end of the year, four times the normal amount of rain fell in western and southern Europe. A heatwave in Greenland last year brought record levels of surface melting. The World Meteorological Organisation also confirms that last year was globally the second hottest on record, with the oceans reaching the highest temperatures ever recorded.
Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organisation Petteri Taalas said: “Whilst Covid-19 has caused a severe international health and economic crisis, failure to tackle climate change may threaten human wellbeing, ecosystems and economies for centuries. We need to flatten both the pandemic and the climate change curves. We need to show the same determination and unity against climate change as against Covid-19. We need to act together in the interests of the health and welfare of humanity, not just for the coming weeks and months but for many generations ahead.”