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Temperature records broken

Temperature records broken 9 October 2019

Hundreds of temperature records broken over summer (via BBC)

By Nassos Stylianou and Clara Guibourg

Almost 400 all–time high temperatures were set in the northern hemisphere over the summer, according to an analysis of temperature records.

The records were broken in 29 countries for the period from 1 May to 30 August this year.

A third of the all–time high temperatures were in Germany, followed by France and the Netherlands.

The analysis was carried out by the California–based climate institute Berkeley Earth.

Over the summer, there were 1,200 instances of places in the northern hemisphere being the hottest they’d ever been in a given month.

The data included measurements from weather stations in the northern hemisphere that had at least 40 years of observations.

Some of this data has not yet been subjected to formal review by weather agencies. These reviews, to check for problems that might have produced false readings, sometimes cause a small fraction of the records to be discounted.

European heatwaves

Heatwaves in Europe in June and July sent temperatures soaring, smashing a number of local and national records.

France set an all–time high–temperature of 46C, while the UK, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands also reported new highs.

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