The extreme heat wave followed a record warm year in many parts of Europe and provided another example of how human-caused climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of such unusual weather events.
On New Year’s Day, at least seven countries experienced their warmest January on record as temperatures rose to spring levels: Latvia hit 52 degrees (11.1 degrees Celsius); Denmark 54.7° (12.6°C); Lithuania, 58.3° (14.6°C); Belarus, 61.5° (16.4°C); The Netherlands, 62.4° (16.9°C); Poland, 66.2° (19.0°C); and the Czech Republic, 67.3 degrees (19.6 degrees Celsius).
Those who keep track of weather records around the world have described this warm wave as historic and unbelievable for its scope and scale.
Maximiliano Herrera, a climate scientist who tracks global weather extremes, called the event “absolutely insane” and “absolutely insane” in text messages to the D.C. weather gang. He wrote that some of the higher temperatures observed at night were uncommon in midsummer.
“It is the most extreme event ever recorded in European climatology,” Herrera wrote. “Nothing comes close to this.”
Guillaume Sechet, a broadcast meteorologist in France, agrees: Twitter That Sunday was one of the most amazing days in the history of climate in Europe.
“It is difficult to understand the intensity and extent of the warmth in Europe at the moment,” chirp Scott Duncan, London meteorologist.
One of the most severe winter heat waves in modern European history has been visualized over the past two days. Hundreds of monthly warm temperature records have been broken across the continent. This is exactly the kind of abnormal event that is gradually rewriting global climate science. pic.twitter.com/Nb8ImytqYC
– Nahel Belgers (WxNB_) January 1, 2023
Here are some of the most impressive records set in Europe on New Year’s Day:
- In Poland, it was so warm that the national record for the highest temperature for January was broken before sunrise. town Glucoholase It was 65.7 degrees at 4 a.m., which is warmer than the average midsummer low temperature. The temperatures rose further as the day progressed.
- Bilbao, Spain, reached 77.2 degrees (25.1 degrees Celsius), temp The hottest day in January.
- Trois-Ville, France, had a temperature of 76.8 degrees (24.9 degrees Celsius), Record for the month. It was Among more than 100 records Set across the country on Sunday, Including 75.2° (24.0°C) in Dax, and 65.5° (18.6°C) at stations with 19th-century data in Besançon and Châteauroux.
- Ohlsbach, Germany, reached 66.9 degrees (19.4 °C) for a record monthly W The highest temperature today in Germany. Other locations, including Berlin, are also set at 60.8 degrees (16 degrees Celsius). Jan records. Berlin was among the places set Records both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
- Warsaw’s elevation of 66.2° (19°F) led to the destruction Its previous record was in January by 9.2 degrees (5.1 degrees Celsius).
While the extreme temperatures occurred on New Year’s Day, exceptionally mild weather set in on New Year’s Eve.
Dozens of daily and monthly records fell on Saturday, surpassing marks set just a year ago in many cases.
Here are some of the most important temperature records set on Saturday:
- France saw impressive record values such as 76.6° (24.8°C) in Verdun. the the country as a whole Experienced the warmest New Year’s Eve.
- Six of the nine federal states In the mountainous regions of Austria, December 31st witnessed the warmest day on record. The temperatures were as warm as 64.9 degrees (18.3 degrees Celsius) in Asbach.
- Luxembourg set a record high for December with 64.0 degrees (17.8 degrees Celsius). in Wormeldange. Belgium hit a record high in December of 63.5 degrees (17.5 degrees Celsius) in Diebenbeck.
- Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler overtook Germany The highest minimum for the month of December It only dropped to 59.5 degrees (15.3 degrees Celsius).
Monday marks the third day of widespread and unheard of high temperatures in the middle of winter. Many monthly and daily records have been set in the eastern half of Europe, particularly in Germany, Hungary, Romania and Russia.
By Tuesday, places with above-average temperatures are likely to shift toward Ukraine. After that, it should ease off some warmth.
It’s 8.5C / 47F now at Chamrousse ski resort outside of Grenoble, France. There is almost no snow in the village of 1,800 square meters of open land and 2,250 meters of ski runs. The valley of Grenoble itself 19-20 c / 66-68 a.d. under the rule of beasts. webcam pictures from https://t.co/pKN4KRBnJB pic.twitter.com/YCGrIxoCtw
– Pete D’Ackers (@PetScientist) January 1, 2023
High temperatures visited Europe in waves throughout the year and were intensified by historically severe summer droughts. The mix helped push the UK to 104 degrees (40C) for For the first time in the registry in July.
Although the warmth is slowly fading in Europe Arctic air creeps in from the northeastHigher-than-normal temperatures are expected across much of the mainland region until at least January 10. After that, the outlook is less clear, but a cooler pattern may emerge by the middle of the month.