Despite the cooling effects of a La Nina weather pattern since 2020, the previous eight years have been the warmest on record, according to the European Union’s climate monitoring service, which reported this on Tuesday.
According to the Copernicus Climate Change Service, the average temperatures in 2022 will be the fifth warmest since records began in the nineteenth century. This year has seen a series of unprecedented natural disasters made more likely and severe by climate change.
A two-month spring heatwave with temperatures consistently above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) scorched Pakistan and northern India. This was followed in Pakistan by flooding that swamped a third of the country.
According to a Copernicus annual report, 2022 was Europe’s second hottest year on record, with new average temperature records set in France, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Italy.
Drought conditions exacerbated the continent’s heatwaves.
European temperatures have risen more than twice as much as the global average over the last 30 years, with the continent having the greatest pace of growth.
Samantha Burgess, deputy director of the Copernicus climate change service, stated in a statement that “2022 was another another year of climate extremes across Europe and beyond.”
These examples demonstrate that the severe repercussions of global warming are already being felt.
A substantial area of the Middle East, China, central Asia, and northern Africa also saw exceptional warmth on a year-round basis in 2022.