“As we all know, a prolonged and intense heat wave has also affected some parts of Europe,” Claire Nullis, a spokeswoman for the UN’s Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization (WMO), said at a press conference.
In its announcement, the World Meteorological Organization indicated – using data on warming from the European Union’s climate monitoring service Copernicus – that July of this year was slightly warmer than the same month in 2019, but warmer than July 2016. On the other hand, Nullis added: In practice, the difference between the data for these three months is very small; The differences are slightly less than the margin of error.
The average temperature measured last month exceeded the reference values measured between 1991 and 2020 by 0.4°C. All this has not been changed even by the fact that the La Nina phenomenon is currently in effect, which leads to a temporary cooling of the waters of the central and eastern Pacific and, according to the World Meteorological Organization, presumably still exerts a cooling effect.
Last month, the World Meteorological Organization called on world leaders to raise awareness that heat waves like the one that swept Europe will become more frequent at least until 2060 due to global warming.
According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), July 2022 will not be on top of the podium among the warmest joules ever recorded, because temperatures are measured in some regions of the world, such as the western part of the Indian Ocean, from the Horn of Africa to southern India, Most of Central Asia and Australia were below average.
In addition to the heat, some areas of the world experienced severe drought in July. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), July was drier than average across most of Europe and North America, as well as large areas of South America, Central Asia and Australia.
On the other hand, more than average precipitation has been measured in Russia, in the northern part of China and in a range that covers East Africa and the northwest part of India, and extends into Asia.