September 2019 the Hottest September Ever Recorded

This past September was the hottest September ever recorded as the planet continues to heat up.
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Need more evidence that the planet is getting warmer? Consider this new data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service, the group that tracks climate in Europe and the rest of the world. 

It reported that this past September was the warmest ever recorded by the group. In fact, globally September was  0.57°C warmer than the average from 1981 through 2010 and was almost on par with September of 2016. 


Most of Europe had above-average temperatures in September

According to the group, in Europe temperatures during the first month of fall were above average for most of the continent with the south and southeast taking the brunt of the warmer weather. Much of Norway, Sweden and the far east of the continent dealt with below-average temperatures, the Copernicus Climate Change Service reported.  According to the service, outside of Europe, the U.S., Iran, Afghanistan, South Africa, Mongolia, northern China, central South America,  southwestern Australia, and West Antarctica experienced warmer than average temperatures in September. 

As for the Arctic, the Copernicus Climate Change Service reported the sea ice coverage was 36% lower than the average during September, marking the third-lowest for September in the forty-one years the group has been tracking that. 

Four months in a row of record temperatures 

With this September setting a record in terms of temperatures, it marks the fourth month in a row that the planet has seen record-setting heat. The Copernicus Climate Change Service reported that the hottest June and July were recorded this year while August came in as the second-hottest August ever recorded. 

The warming of the planet, which is happening at a rapid pace, is expected to change the weather around the world if nothing is done to slow the progression. This past summer the Crowther Lab in Switerzland, predicted 77% of cities around the world will experience a change in the climate with 22% of the cities encountering conditions that don't exist today. 

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People living in cities in northern latitudes will see the most dramatic change. By 2050, Crowther Lab predicts the northern cities will have a climate that is similar in cities more than 1,000 kilometers south of them. Take London as one example. The think tank predicts the UK city will have a climate similar to Barcelona. 

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