Newly released data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) has revealed that June was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth.

Average temperatures were found to be over 2°C above normal, according to data released today and approximately 1°C more than the previous record set in June 1999.

Soaring temperatures worldwide have included Europe facing extreme heatwaves this summer. Countries including France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Portugal are currently experiencing uncommonly high temperatures and record-breaking heatwaves that are having devastating consequences.

“Although local temperatures may have been lower or higher than those forecast, our data show that the temperatures over the southwestern region of Europe during the last week of June were unusually high,” said Jean-Noël Thépaut, Head of C3S. “Although this was exceptional, we are likely to see more of these events in the future due to climate change.”

Average June temperatures (°C) for Europe (top) and globally (bottom) from 1979 to 2019, shown as differences from long-term average values for 1981 to 2010. June 2019 is highlighted. Data source: ERA5 (credit: ECMWF, Copernicus Climate Change Service).