Thousands of records shattered in historic winter heat

“The intensity and magnitude of the warmth in Europe right now is difficult to understand,” tweeted Scott Duncan, a London-based meteorologist.


It was so warm in Poland that the January national high temperature record was broken before sunrise. The city of Glucolazy was 18.7 at 4 a.m., which is warmer than the average mid-summer low. Temperatures continued to rise throughout the day.

Bilbao, Spain hit 25.1, its hottest January day, while Trois-Ville, France hit 24.9, a record for the month. It was among more than 100 records set across the country on Sunday, including 24.0 in Dax and 18.6 at stations with 19th-century data in Besançon and Châteauroux.

Ohlsbach, Germany, set a monthly record of 19.4 and the highest temperature of the day. Other locations, including Berlin with 16, also set January records. Berlin was among the places that set records on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Warsaw’s high 19 degrees Celsius shattered the previous January record of 5.1 degrees.


Monday was the third day of widespread high temperatures previously unheard of in midwinter. Many other monthly and daily records were set in the eastern half of Europe, notably in Germany, Hungary, Romania and Russia.

By Tuesday, the places with the above-average temperatures are likely to shift towards Ukraine. After that, the heat should subside a bit.

This extraordinary warmth follows the warmest 2022 in many parts of Europe, including the UK, Germany and Switzerland.

Extreme heat hit Europe in waves year-round, compounded by a historically severe summer drought. The combination helped bring the UK to 40 degrees in July for the first time on record.

Although the heat in Europe is slowly fading as arctic air moves in from the north-east, above-average temperatures are forecast for much of the mainland region through at least January 10th. After that, the prediction is a little less clear, but a cooler pattern could emerge towards the middle of the month.

The Washington Post Thousands of records shattered in historic winter heat

Callan Tansill

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