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This was the first year of the hottest year in history in different parts of Europe

From south to north and from east to west. In different parts of Europe, meteorological services agree on one point: January 1, 2022 was the first of the hottest year in history, or at least the hottest since official temperature records exist. Belgium has already endorsed this record. In the UK, checks are in progress, while in Spain and France, standard or not, there are 10 degrees above the seasonal average in different cities and regions. As well as in Berlin.

The reason, as Italian experts have repeated in recent days to explain the record temperatures in our country, is the arrival of the African anticyclone over most of Europe, which literally wiped out the winter causing abnormal temperatures. The Spanish newspaper El Pais explains that it is not unusual to see good weather during this period due to the so-called anti-hurricane climate. The anomaly is the high temperature that is recorded especially at high altitudes: “Welcome to a new climatic age,” meteorologist Juan Jesus González Aleman, one of the leading experts on tropical systems in Spain, wrote on Twitter. “We are not aware of the exceptional nature of the situation because it is winter, but at least record temperatures have been reached in the past 40 to 70 years. The temperature of the air mass at about 1,500 meters above sea level is unusual,” he added.

If in the Canary Islands, for example, the 28 degrees that the thermometer touches may not surprise much, in the Bilbao region, in the north of Spain, the temperature of 24.7 degrees Celsius is even more spectacular, a maximum not seen since recording In 1947. In Segovia, near Madrid, 22.7 ° C was recorded, which has not happened since 1920. The trend has not changed in France, exceeding 20 ° from south to north. Record temperatures were also not spared from Central Europe, too: the National Meteorological Institute of the Czech Republic declared the new year the “hostiest” since 1935, with a maximum of 15.3 degrees in Prague. In Germany, the minimum in Berlin was 13°C, almost 15°C higher than the normal temperature.

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But for absolute records, you have to go north: Belgium, with a score of 13.7 degrees at Uccle, in Brussels, experienced the first of the hottest year in its history. In the UK, after recording the warmest December 31, the same is expected to happen on January 1st: on average, temperatures top 16°C at the time of year when they normally reach 7°C, he wrote. The Met Office said 16.3°C was reached in St James’ Park in central London – the previous record was 15.6°C in Bude, Cornwall in 1916.

Meteorologists invite you to enjoy the out-of-season remnants of spring: With Befana, the cold should return. As well as snow, which is highly craved by those who have ski resorts.

Earl Warner

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