June was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, the EU's satellite agency has announced.
Data provided by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts on behalf of the European Union, showed that the global-average temperature for June 2019 was the highest on record for the month.
The data showed that European-average temperatures for June 2019 were more than 2C above normal.
Experts have said climate change made last week's record-breaking European heatwave at least five times as likely to happen, according to recent analysis.
Rapid assessment of average temperatures in France and Toulouse between 26-28 June showed a "substantial" increase in the likelihood of the heatwave happening as a result of human-caused global warming, experts at the World Weather Attribution group said.
In response to the record-breaking temperatures, Professor Hannah Cloke, natural hazards researcher at the University of Reading, said: “We knew June was hot in Europe, but this study shows that that temperature records haven’t just been broken. They have been obliterated.
"This is the hottest June on record in Europe by a country mile, and the warmest June we have ever seen globally.
“Heatwaves occur in any climate, but we know that heatwaves are becoming much more likely due to climate change. The global climate just keeps getting hotter, as greenhouse gases continue to build up, as scientists have predicted for decades."
She added: “Rapid attempts to find links between climate change and single extreme weather events are possible, but often come with many caveats. We should be careful not to ignore these caveats when we look at the conclusions of quick-turnaround attribution studies.