PARIS, Nov 1 (Reuters) – France this year recorded the hottest October since measurements began in 1945, the national weather agency Meteo-France said in a statement.
With average temperatures close to or even slightly above 17 degrees Celsius, three to four degrees above normal levels, last month was much warmer than the previous record of October 2001, when temperatures averaged 16.3 °C
The second half of the month saw an exceptionally long and intense period of unusually high temperatures, with the southwestern city of Bordeaux registering 30 degrees Celsius on October 16, the highest number since records began.
Meteo-France said that due to climate change, periods of unusual heat at the end or beginning of the year became more frequent. Beach hotels across Europe have extended their season, as the heat drove tourists to the coast. (Reporting by GV De Clercq; edited in Spanish by Daniela Desantis)