This winter has been the warmest ever recorded in Europe, according to recent scientific data.
This news was reported by the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) this Wednesday. When comparing the European temperature from December 2019 to February 2020, the average temperature was 3.4 degrees Celcius higher than the average temperature between 1981 and 2010.
The average temperature was also 1.4 degrees Celsius above the warmest winter ever recorded, which was that of 2015/16.
“Whilst this winter was a truly extreme event in its own right, it is likely that these sorts of events have been made more extreme by the global warming trend,” said Carlo Buontempo, director of C3S.
“Now more than ever, the role of Copernicus is becoming more important. The European Commission relies on programmes like Copernicus and institutions like the ECMWF to provide quality assured operational data to support the development of a climate-resilient society. Copernicus will effectively contribute to the implementation of the European Commission Green Deal in various sectors”, adds Mauro Facchini, Head of the Earth Observation Unit at European Commission Directorate-General’s DEFIS.