June was the hottest month ever recorded on planet Earth, according to the EU’s satellite agency — a month that saw scorching heat waves across numerous European countries.
The Independent reported that data from the “Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts on behalf of the EU,” revealed the highest global-average temperature on record for the month.
In Europe, average temperatures for June 2019 were “2C above normal and temperatures were 6-10C above normal over most of France, Germany and northern Spain during the final days of the month,” the publication wrote.
Though experts cautioned it is difficult to ascribe the increase to climate change, there is no doubt that global warming is causing such heat waves to become more frequent and more intense.
"Although local temperatures may have been lower or higher than those forecast, our data shows that the temperatures over the southwestern region of Europe during the last week of June were unusually high,” said Jean-Noel Thepaut, head of C3S.
Thepaut added: "Although this was exceptional, we are likely to see more of these events in the future due to climate change."