JULY 2019 – HEAT WAVES AND LOW ALL-TIME TEMPERATURES
According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) July 2019 matched and may be broke the record for the hottest month since analysis began.
“July has re-written climate history, with dozens of new temperature records at local, national and global level,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.
Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom saw new national temperature records on 25 July, as weather maps were redrawn to include – for the first time – temperatures of above 40C. In France, Paris recorded its hottest day on record, with a temperature of 42.6C, an unprecedented value since the beginning of measurements. The French state weather forecaster, Météo-France, said the temperature in Gallargues-le-Montueux in the Gard département hit 45.9C at 4.20pm on June 28. “This is historic,” a Météo-France meteorologist, Etienne Kapikian, said. “It’s the first time a temperature in excess of 45C has ever been recorded in France.”
However the reanalysis of data coming from NOAA’s Climate Forecast System Version 2 (CFSv2) was made public by WeatherBell.com. July 2019 was actually cooler than three other Julys: 2016, 2002, and 2017, and so was 4th warmest in 41 years. So July 2019 may not be the hottest on records.
If in July 2019, it was unusually warm in France and other countries of Western Europe, the cold in Eastern Europe and western Russia, has been seldom reported.
The mercury across the majority of Eastern Europe has remained well-below average during the month as a string of Arctic blasts delayed the start of the continent’s summer. In July 2019 Russia broke several low all-time temperatures. With 5.7C, the city of Kostroma, 300 km north of Moscow broke 1948’s record of 6.9C
The last day of July was the coldest day in Moscow for at least 70 years, reported the Russian agency RIA Novosti. The thermometer dropped to 9.5C.
(Source: WMO/Ria Novosti/NOAA – Image: July in Moscow/Tellereport)