The year 2019 was the second hottest ever recorded and a virtual tie with 2016, the warmest El Nino year, the European Union’s climate monitor says in its round-up of the hottest decade in history.
Data released by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) showed that worldwide temperatures were just 0.04 degrees Celsius lower than 2016 when temperatures were boosted 0.12 degrees Celsius by a once-in-a-century El Nino natural weather event. The five last years have been the hottest on record, and the period of 2010-2019 was the hottest decade since records began, C3S said. Globally temperatures in 2019 were 0.6 Celsius warmer than the 1981-2010 average. Earth’s temperature over the last five years was 1.1C-1.2C warmer than pre-industrial times.
Last year was Europe’s hottest ever.”2019 has been another exceptionally warm year, in fact, the second warmest globally in our dataset, with many of the individual months breaking records,” said Carlo Buontempo, head of C3S.The year was just 0.04C cooler than 2016, which saw temperatures boosted by a once-in-a-century strength El Nino.