A historic new heatwave has swept across parts of the continent, as countries around the world prepare for a new climate summit in Egypt.
In France, the average October temperature is the highest ever recorded, according to France 24. The previous record from 2001 was beaten by a solid margin.
Spanish record month
The same type of October record was set in Spain, reports eltiempo. se . In Spain, most of the year is historically warm, as well as in July and Possible average temperatures here are at record highs.
– There is no doubt that these are extremes, says climate researcher Hans Olav Hygen at the Meteorological Institute.
– My impression is more or less persistent heat all summer and into autumn, he added.
– Major changes
According to Hygen, the heat records fit into a pattern consistent with climate change. He called the development worrying.
– I think we have to take this very seriously, that we are seeing major changes in the weather system that are sweeping our continent.
Hygen believes the timing of the most recent heat wave helped underscore the importance of international cooperation to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
The climate summit in Egypt starts on Sunday and lasts for two weeks. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Ap) and a number of other heads of state and government will participate in the first phase of the conference.
Tropical night in Austria
Autumn is also unusual in Norway. The Lista lighthouse in Farsund touched the record for the highest average temperature measured in October, according to Meteorological Institute. The average temperature at the lighthouse is 11.7 degrees.
And in Austria it is tropical night a week ago , when the temperature stays above 20 degrees all night. This is the warmest October night ever recorded in Austria.
This summer, the average temperature in Europe was the highest ever recorded. At the same time, parts of the continent were experiencing extreme drought.
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