2020 was the warmest year in Europe since records began, according to data published by the EU climate monitoring service. Last year topped 2019’s previous record by 0.4°C (0.72°F), the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service said. It said that 2020 was tied with 2016 for the warmest year across the world; confirming the past ten years have been the hottest on record. The increase in global temperatures is linked to the rise in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, particularly carbon dioxide. Winter 2019-2020 and Autumn 2020 were also the warmest recorded. The typically coldest period — December 2019 to February 2020 — surpassed the previous warmest time in 2016 by 1.4°C.
Copernicus: 2020 warmest year on record for Europe; globally, 2020 ties with 2016 for warmest year recorded, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, 2021-01-08