France skilled its hottest common temperature and lowest ranges of rainfall on document in 2022, the nationwide climate workplace mentioned on Friday.
The typical temperature for the 12 months was 14.5 levels Celsius (58.1 Fahrenheit), “very far above 2020 which held the earlier document” of 14.07 levels Celsius, Meteo France mentioned in an announcement.
The warmth was “a symptom of local weather change,” it added.
The nation additionally suffered a “document rainfall deficit” of 25 p.c beneath the long-term common, the bottom since 1989, the climate workplace added.
Like a lot of western Europe, France skilled a punishing summer time of document temperatures and forest fires that led to a renewed deal with local weather change.
Autumn and winter have additionally been exceptionally gentle, with rain and heat temperatures decreasing normally icy ski slopes within the Alps and Pyrenees mountains to muddy expanses.
French President Emmanuel Macron confronted criticism from some local weather scientists this week over his New Yr’s Eve handle to the nation final weekend, by which he steered the drought and baking temperatures final 12 months have been a shock.
Speaking about overlapping issues that buffeted the nation, he mentioned: “Who may have predicted the wave of inflation, sparked thereafter? Or the local weather disaster with spectacular results once more this summer time in our nation?”
“‘Who may have predicted the local weather disaster?’” scientist and geologist Goneri Le Cozannet wrote on Twitter.
“It is humorous, that is one among my favorite jokes to make enjoyable of politicians who’ve misplaced contact with actuality.”
Le Cozannet is a contributor to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Local weather Change (IPCC), which warned in February that point had almost run out to make sure a “habitable future” for all on earth.