ROME - Globally, 2020 saw the hottest September on record: the month was 0.05 degrees warmer than 2019 and 0.08 degrees warmer than 2016. Unusually high temperatures were recorded offshore. coasts of northern Siberia, the Middle East and parts of South America and Australia.
Alarm also for Arctic sea ice: in September the extension was the second lowest ever recorded, both for the daily one and for the average monthly extension.
These are the latest data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service for observing climate change from the European Union's Copernicus program.
Each month in 2020, the Copernicus bulletin reads, ranked in the top four warmest of the month in question, with January being 0.03 degrees warmer than any previous January and May 0.05 degrees warmer than any previous month. previous May.
"And it is now confirmed that September 2020 is another record month", 0.63 degrees higher than the 1981-2020 average for September.
Record also in Europe: the average temperatures last month reached a level about 0.2 degrees higher than the previous warmest September of 2018 and 1.8 degrees above the 1981-2010 average.
Much of the continent, particularly the southeastern areas, experienced above-average temperatures during the month.
However, underlines Copernicus "from the time series, similar levels have been recorded several times in the last two decades and are no longer considered unusual".
In particular, the Copernicus Climate Change Service still notes, the global temperature anomaly from the beginning of the year shows that 2020 is on par with 2016, the hottest year on record.
Also, for the same period, 2020 is warmer than 2019, the second warmest year currently on record.
In the last three months of 2020, climatic events such as La Niña and likely low levels of autumn arctic ice cover will affect the year as a whole, set to become the hottest on record.
It should also be noted that a region experiencing particularly extreme temperatures this year is Siberia.
Winter and spring were unusually warm, for example with temperatures up to 10 degrees higher than usual in May.
Exceptional temperatures that continued throughout the summer, with an average June for the whole of Arctic Siberia over 5 degrees higher than 1981-2010 and a record maximum daily temperature of 38 degrees.