According to data released Friday by the EU Climate Monitoring Service, 2020 was the warmest year in Europe since records started.
The Copernicus Climate Change Service of the European Union said that the previous temperature record in Europe – 2019 – was overtaken by a whopping 0.4 degrees Celsius last year.
It said that 2020 was also related to 2016 as the world’s warmest year, confirming that the last decade was the warmest on record.
Rises in global temperatures are correlated with increases in atmospheric greenhouse gases. Much of this is carbon dioxide, emitted by the combustion of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas.
Data shows that between 1850 and 1900, it was 1.25 degrees Celsius warmer in 2020 than in the pre-industrial era.
To stop the worst consequences of climate change, scientists say global warming should be capped at 1.5 C (2.7 F).
The Copernicus service noticed that in parts of the Arctic and Siberia, which also had an exceptionally active wildfire season in 2020, some of the highest temperature rises were observed.