Published on 12 January 2023
The summer season in 2022 was extremely warm, and it was in fact the hottest on record for the European continent, with many countries in Western and Northern Europe affected by intense and prolonged heatwaves. Temperatures in the Autumn were also significantly above average, and the season was registered as the third warmest on record. Overall, 2022 was the second-hottest year on record for the continent: apart from Iceland, all of Europe recorded annual temperatures higher than the 1991-2020 average. The unusually warm and dry weather conditions caused significant drought conditions affecting large parts of Europe, especially in countries in the south-west, such as France and Spain.