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2022 third hottest year in Hungary since 1901, says weather service

Last year was the third hottest year in Hungary since 1901, the weather service said on Wednesday.

Several months were at least 2 degrees hotter than the average of previous years, with the summer mean temperature being the highest since the beginning of the 20th century, the statement said.

The national annual mean temperature averaged 11.83 degrees Celsius last year, 1.1 degrees above the average mean between 1991 and 2020.

Most of the hottest years on record have been in the last decade, with warming rising by close to 1.5 degrees since the beginning of the 20th century.

Only March, April and September were cooler than the 1990-2020 average, with April being 2.0 degrees cooler. All the other months were at least 1 degree warmer than what would have been considered normal for Hungary’s climate, with February being 3.1 degrees hotter.

The lowest daily temperature in 2022 averaged -11.2 degrees for the country, the ninth highest since 1901, making 2022 the fourth year in a row to have the average minimum temperature be above -12 degrees Celsius. Daily maximum temperatures averaged 17.6 degrees, the second highest behind 2019.

The national summer average high reached 30 degrees Celsius for the first time last year.

The hottest day of 2022 was July 23, with 41.5 degrees recorded in Hodmezovasarhely-Szikancs and Kiskunfelegyhaza, in southern Hungary.

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