LAST month was the hottest September on record worldwide.
Temperatures were 0.05C warmer globally than the same period last year.
It was also the hottest September Europe has seen, beating the previous record in 2018 by around 0.2C.
And the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said the Siberian Arctic continued to be warmer than average.
Last month Arctic sea ice covered the smallest area since 2012.
The C3S, operated by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, uses billions of measurements from satellites, ships, aircraft and weather stations.
Director Carlo Buontempo said: “There was an unusually rapid decline in Arctic sea ice during June and July, where above average temperatures were recorded, creating conditions for the sea ice minimum to be particularly low this year.
“The combination of record temperatures and low Arctic sea ice highlight the importance of more comprehensive monitoring in a region warming faster than anywhere else.”
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