European countries, including Austria, France, Germany, Poland, and Switzerland, have experienced record-breaking temperatures in September, adding to the growing list of extreme weather events fueled by climate change.
This alarming trend comes in a year that experts predict will be the warmest in human history as the impacts of climate change continue to accelerate.
Austria, France, Germany, Poland, and Switzerland have all reported their hottest September on record. These unseasonably warm conditions in Europe follow a report from the EU climate monitor earlier in the month, which stated that global temperatures during the Northern Hemisphere summer were the highest ever recorded.
In France, the average September temperature is expected to be around 21.5 degrees Celsius (70.7 degrees Fahrenheit), which is 3.5 to 3.6 degrees Celsius higher than the reference period from 1991 to 2020. This pattern of temperatures exceeding monthly norms has been consistent in France for nearly two years.
Germany also experienced its hottest September on record, with temperatures almost 4 degrees Celsius higher than the 1961-1990 baseline, according to the German weather office DWD.