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2020 Tied for Hottest Year on Record, Capping Off the World’s Warmest Decade

Jan. 11, 2021
Daniel Dawson

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Average global tem­per­a­tures in 2020 were tied for the hottest on record, mark­ing the end of what has also been the warmest decade (2011 to 2020) ever recorded.

According to data pub­lished by the Copernicus Climate Change Service, 2020 was 0.6 ºC warmer than the stan­dard 1981 to 2010 ref­er­ence point and 1.25 ºC above pre-indus­trial levels.

It is no sur­prise that the last decade was the warmest on record, and is yet another reminder of the urgency of ambi­tious emis­sions reduc­tions to pre­vent adverse cli­mate impacts in the future.- Carlo Buontempo, direc­tor, Copernicus Climate Change Service

The data from the European Union-sanc­tioned entity also show that the pre­vi­ous six years have been the warmest six on record, with 2020 and 2016 both hav­ing been the hottest.



Among the areas most affected was the Arctic and parts of north­ern Siberia, which recorded annual aver­age tem­per­a­tures between 3 ºC and 6 ºC above the 1981 to 2010 ref­er­ence, includ­ing the hottest tem­per­a­ture ever recorded above the Arctic Circle – 38 ºC.

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2020 also proved to be the hottest year ever recorded in Europe. The con­ti­nent respon­si­ble for roughly 70 per­cent of the world’s olive oil pro­duc­tion expe­ri­enced its hottest win­ter, with tem­per­a­tures exceed­ing the pre­vi­ous record set in 2016 by about 1.4 ºC.

In gen­eral, the Northern Hemisphere (with the excep­tion of a region of the cen­ter of the North Atlantic Ocean) expe­ri­enced its hottest-ever tem­per­a­tures through­out the entire year.

Meanwhile, the Southern Hemisphere expe­ri­enced slightly below aver­age tem­per­a­tures, par­tially as a result of the cool­ing influ­ence of La Niña.

2020 stands out for its excep­tional warmth in the Arctic and a record num­ber of trop­i­cal storms in the North Atlantic,” Carlo Buontempo, the direc­tor of the Copernicus Climate Change Service, said.

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It is no sur­prise that the last decade was the warmest on record, and is yet another reminder of the urgency of ambi­tious emis­sions reduc­tions to pre­vent adverse cli­mate impacts in the future,” he added.

The orga­ni­za­tion is set to release a full and more detailed analy­sis of its lat­est find­ings ahead of the annual E.U. cli­mate sum­mit in April.





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