Europe expects winter temperatures to average well above normal, potentially easing fuel markets during the heating season.
This is evidenced by the data of the report of the Climate Change Service of the European Union Copernicus, cited by Bloomberg.
Coastal areas along the Baltic, Mediterranean and North Seas are almost certain to see temperatures above historical averages, scientists said. Yes, there is a 50% to 60% chance that temperatures will be well above historical averages across much of Britain, central and southern Europe. Abnormally high temperatures may reduce demand for natural gas, which European countries are rushing to accumulate.
Also, there is a 40% to 50% probability of precipitation in most of France and Germany during the next three months being much lower than average. The lack of rain and snowfall could affect inland river transport and hydropower operators, as well as affect the ski season.
The data of the observatory combines the data of scientists from Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and the USA. The EU program uses billions of measurements from satellites, ships, aircraft and weather stations around the world for its monthly and seasonal forecasts and concluded that 2019 was the continentʼs hottest year on record.
- In 2022, Swiss glaciers recorded the fastest melting rate since records began more than a century ago. The melting of the glacier in the Alps even caused the border between Italy and Switzerland to change.
- The last eight years on Earth have become the warmest in the history of observations. The rate of sea level rise has doubled since 1993. The last two and a half years account for 10% of the total sea level rise since satellite measurements began almost 30 years ago.