Saturday, October 12, 2019

Mapping the Heat of this Summer

The BBC has used data from thousands of weather stations to map all the temperature records set in the northern hemisphere over the summer of 2019. Almost 400 locations recorded their hottest ever recorded temperatures during May-August of this year. In Hundreds of temperature records broken over summer the BBC visualizes them all on an animated map.

The BBC's map animates through the summer months adding all the record temperatures set in the northern hemisphere by date. The map uses different colored markers to show records which were the hottest ever recorded on that day, in that month or for all time. As you can see from the screenshot above Europe in particular witnessed an unprecedented hot summer. France, the UK, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands all recorded their highest ever temperatures over this summer. In the United States 30 all time temperature records were broken.

Last year also had a very hot summer in the northern hemisphere. The BBC has also mapped out all the temperature records broken from May-August 2018.

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