Kiev records warmest autumn in 140 years

By: AFP      Published: 06:41 PM, 2 Dec, 2020
Kiev records warmest autumn in 140 years

Kiev this year experienced its warmest autumn in nearly 140 years, Ukraine's central geophysical observatory said Wednesday.

Average temperatures reached 11.6 degrees Celsius, which is 3.6 degrees Celsius above the norm, the observatory said in a statement.

"Autumn in 2020 was the warmest since 1881," it said.

The warmest day of Ukraine's autumn -- which ended on November 30 -- came on September 1, with temperatures reaching 34.7 degrees Celsius -- making it also the warmest day of the entire year.

Ukraine has been hit by unprecedented heat waves this year, fuelling fires that are difficult to bring under control.

Scientists predict that climate change will increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather events such as catastrophic fires.

Fires in April ravaged more than 66,000 hectares (14.8 acres) in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl in northern Ukraine, the scene of one of the world's worst nuclear accidents in 1986.