Heatwaves 10 times more frequent than a century ago - World Meteorological Organization

Earth has just experienced its hottest June on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Due to climate change, Europe, South America and Africa have just experienced the warmest June on record. In some countries and regions in west and central Europe, the daily average temperatures was up 10C higher than normal in June, according to Clare Nullis, spokeswoman for the organisation.

"Both land and sea surface temperatures were the highest on record. Nine of the ten warmest Junes have occurred since 2010. A heatwave that intense, so we are talking about the June event in Europe, is occurring at least 10 times more frequently today than a century ago because of climate change," said Nullis.

She also forecast a new round of heatwaves in Europe and warned about consequent problems, such as drought, sea ice recession and higher risks of forest fires.

"Meteo France is forecasting temperatures of 35 to 40C in a large part of the country and obviously in France, and some other countries, we are seeing quite serious concerns about the drought," said Nullis.

Earlier this year the WMO said the past four years have been the warmest on record. 

"June 1998 is the only value from the previous century among the 10 warmest Junes on record, and it is currently ranked as the eighth-warmest June on record," the WMO said on its site.

"June 2019 also marks the 43rd consecutive June and the 414th consecutive month with temperatures, at least nominally, above the 20th century average."

The WMO's measurements align with NASA's, the US space agency also saying last week June was hottest since records began.

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