Mitteilung des EU-Erdbeobachtungsprogramms »Copernicus« (engl. Originalfassung), 8.1.2020
2019 was the fifth in a series of exceptionally warm years and the second warmest year globally ever recorded. Meanwhile, Europe saw its warmest year on record by a small margin. The five warmest years on record have all occurred in the last 5 years, with 2019 coming in as the second warmest and 2010-2019 being the warmest decade on record. The average temperature of the last 5 years was between 1.1 and 1.2 °C higher than the pre-industrial level defined by the IPCC. Furthermore, according to satellite measurements of global atmospheric CO2 concentrations: CO2 continued to rise in 2019, increasing by 2.3 ± 0.8 ppm.
December 2019 was more than 0.7°C warmer than the December average for 1981-2010. The average temperature over Europe was 3.2°C warmer than that of the standard reference period (1981-2010), making it the warmest December on record for Europe by a narrow margin.
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