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Europe's Brutal Summer of 2022 Was the Hottest on Record

Average temperatures from June to August were the highest since at least 1991, according to scientists. 

A burned out vehicle and remains of the Blue Waves campsite following wildfires in July. 

A burned out vehicle and remains of the Blue Waves campsite following wildfires in July. 

Photographer: Nathan Laine/Bloomberg

Europe’s summer of heat waves and drought was the hottest in at least three decades by substantial margins, according to Earth observation agency Copernicus. 

Average temperatures from June to August were 0.4°C above the previous hottest summer in 2021, while temperatures last month were 0.8°C above the previous hottest August, in 2018. Globally, this August was the joint third warmest on the agency’s data set, which goes back to 1991.