November was narrowly the warmest November month ever recorded worldwide. For Europe, it was the second hottest month of November on record, according to data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service of the European Union.
The temperatures in Northern Europe, the Alps, Siberia, large parts of Africa and the polar seas were above the long-term average, while those in Central Asia and Antarctica were slightly below it.
Worldwide it was 0.13 degrees warmer than the previous warmest November months, in 2016 and 2019. In Europe, it was only in November 2015 (0.2 degrees) warmer.
The records fit the long-term trend of global warming. Last month, the United Nations Meteorological Service (WMO) already indicated that 2020 will be in the top 3 of the hottest years since measurements began in 1850.
The average temperature worldwide this year is about 1.2 degrees higher than in the pre-industrial era. The Paris Climate Agreement is aimed at keeping that increase below 2 degrees and preferably below 1.5.