Last month was the hottest October on record globally, with temperatures “well above average” in many regions, according to European Union scientists. October 2019’s global surface air temperature was 0.69C warmer than the average between 1981 and 2010, the Copernicus Climate Change Service said. It narrowly edged out October 2015 as the hottest on record. In Europe, the month was 1.1C hotter than the average October over the same period. It comes after 2019 saw the warmest September and June on record globally, as well as the second hottest August and joint-warmest July, according to Copernicus data obtained by satellites and ground sensors. The findings mean the year is almost certain to be one of the hottest on record overall, continuing a trend of global warming which scientists say is being caused by increased greenhouse gases. Over the last 12 months the global surface air temperature has averaged above the 1981-2010 average across most of the world, and far higher in the Arctic.
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