# Extreme weather: Fourth warmest month of June around the world | science and planet

June 2021 is not just broken Records in Belgium, but also all over the world. This is evidenced by the new monthly report of the Copernicus Climate Change Service. It became the second warmest June on record for Europe and even the warmest in North America.

In many places in the world there has been a lot of sweating and complaining about the heat over the past month. This was certainly not unjustified. Because according to researchers from the European Copernicus Program, June 2021 is among the top 5 warmest ever in many countries. And the average temperature worldwide was only higher in 2016, 2019 and 2020. Overall, June of this year was 0.21°C higher than the 1991-2020 average, and thus it is in fourth place with 2018.

In Europe, the month managed to slip into the top three. The European average temperature for June 2021 was 1.5°C higher than the average for the reference period. Only a couple of years ago it got warmer. Last month’s heat was part of a region of unusually high temperatures that stretched from northwest Africa, through Europe, all the way to western Pakistan. The records in Finland and western Russia were particularly noteworthy. The June average (16.5°C) was not the highest in Helsinki since 1844. Moscow recorded its warmest day ever in June. The temperature there reached 34.7 degrees Celsius on June 21. But heat waves have also been recorded in other European countries. In some places, the monthly average was about average, such as the Iberian Peninsula.

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There was one region in the Northern Hemisphere that was hit hardest: North America. First, intense heat waves were over the southwestern United States and then shifted to the northwest. Southwest Canada has also had to deal with sweltering heat. The record for maximum temperatures has been broken for three consecutive days in the Canadian village of Lytton, British Columbia. These unprecedented conditions made June 2021 the warmest June on record in North American history. The month broke the previous record set in 2012 of 0.15°C. The intense heat has exacerbated severe drought, wilting crops, threatening water supplies and threatening a severe bushfire season.

Temperatures were also above average in Siberia, northwest and southern Africa, parts of the Middle East, China, and much of Southeast Asia. Overall, 2021 is well on its way to a spot in the top 10 hottest years on record.

Denton Watson

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