Hottest year ever recorded in Spain

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Official data for 2022 indicates an average daily temperature above 15 degrees Celsius 

Spain´s national weather service has announced that country is experiencing its hottest year ever recorded in 2022. According to a report by the Associated Press on Wednesday, December 21, the data released by the government weather agency suggest that Spain has witnessed a daily average exceeding 15 degrees Celsius in 2022.

This makes it the hottest year ever officially recorded since 1961, when the collection of temperature records started.  

The agency said that southern European countries faced four of its hottest years since 2015. This has resulted in severe drought as even after the recent rains in Spain, this year is expected to be one of the driest ever recorded. Official records of rainfall suggest that the country saw less rainfall than this year only in 2005 and 2017.  

Experts and authorities in the EU, cited in the report said, the rise in temperature and extreme weather is due to climate change. Due to this reason, Europe has seen increasing wildfires, water restrictions and destruction of crops.  

An earlier announcement by the World Meteorological Organization has also said that temperatures in Europe have warmed more than twice in comparison to the rest of the world. This change has been recorded in the past three decades.

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