Recent Climate Report Europe recorded its hottest year in 2020, with temperatures of 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit (1.9 degrees Celsius) above the 1981-2010 average, which exceeded the 2.7 degree Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius) target. The average global warming defined by the United Nations in the Paris Climate Agreement should reduce further risks from the effects of extreme climate change.
According to the latest report from the annual series of global climate studies, this year’s record is not only warmer, but warmer by a greater margin.
Some parts of the continent, including Luxembourg, Sweden and Finland, have averaged 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) in recent decades.
Although some parts of northwestern Europe were cold, the UK had its third warmest year since 2014 and 2006.
Globally, despite the temporary cooling effect of Pacific La Nina, temperatures for the 30 years from 1981 to 2010 were 1.08 degrees Fahrenheit (0.6 degrees Celsius) above average.
The data comes from the 31st state of the weather report, which was produced by the American Meteorological Association with entries from the UK Met Office and others around the world. Not only did it provide information about the average temperature in Europe, it also saw global peaks.
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