Heat Records – Warmest June in North America

Kanada, Chestermere: Junge Leute kühlen sich in einem Bewässerungskanal ab. Die anhaltende Hitzewelle im Westen Kanadas hat für neue Höchsttemperaturen gesorgt und zu mehreren Todesfällen beigetragen. (Jeff Mcintosh/The Canadian Press/AP)

June had records of heat, especially in North America and Europe.

The month was the warmest in North America since records began in 1979, according to Copernicus, the European climate change service. In Europe, it was the second warmest June since 1979.

According to statistics, it was unusually hot, especially in the western United States and Canada, as well as in Finland and western Russia. In the Finnish capital Helsinki, where records go back to 1844, the average June temperature in the past 180 years has never been so high this year. According to Copernicus, the Canadian province of British Columbia recorded three heatwaves for three consecutive days – with a temperature of about 50 degrees Celsius. The hottest day of June was also recorded in Moscow, the capital of Russia. It was warmer than average in Siberia, if not as much as in the last three years.

From a global perspective, June 2021 was one of the warmest on record. Only 2016, 2019 and 2020 saw higher average temperatures. On the other hand, in Antarctica from 1991 to 2020 was colder than average.

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