Last year was the warmest in the past 140 years

The rainiest month was October.

Illustrative stock photoIllustrative stock photo (Source: Sme Archive)

The year 2020 together with 2016 were evaluated globally as the hottest years in the last 140 years.

In Slovakia, 2020 was an extremely abnormal year and is among the ten hottest years marked since the beginning of meteorological measures. Rainfall was also abnormal, the Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute (SHMÚ) said.

Slovakia warms up at a faster rate than expected Read more 

2020 ended with a deviation of 1.3 Celsius degrees, said climatologist Jozef Pecho of SHMÚ.

“February and December were the warmest months,” Pecho said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “The coldest month was May but all seasons with the exception of spring were significantly abnormal temperature-wise."

The highest daily temperature, 36 Celsius degrees, was measured in July in Senica. The lowest temperature, -22 Celsius degrees, was measured in March. The rainiest month was October while February was extremely warm and marked by significant rainfall. April was extremely dry with “extremely high monthly sums of sunshine”.

Supercells occurred

The second half of the year was significantly different when compared with the period between March 10 and May 15.

“In that time, there were extremely dry conditions in Slovakia,” said climatologist of SHMÚ Pavol Faško, as quoted by TASR. The reasons could be lack of snow during the winter of 2019/2020, long-term anticyclonic weather in April, a low amount of rainfall, high vapours and above-average sunshine that at some places exceeded the record from 1961.

Faško also mentioned the occurrence of supercell storms in Slovakia. One such storm caused significant damage in the area of Veľký Meder.

“Storms significantly impacted the summer season of 2020,” Faško said. The storm was extremely strong and caused damage to railway infrastructure and vegetation, he added.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Illustrative stock photo

News digest: Curfew will stay in place for at least another week

The Health Ministry said the age limit for the Pfizer vaccine could change. EC greenlights the state assistance for tourism.

10 h
Juraj Šeliga

Šeliga leaves the deputy parliament’s speaker post after violating curfew rules

The politician was in a café after 21:00. His party colleague Jana Žitňanská drew consequences, too.

11 h

Will Slovakia hold another referendum? President has 30 days to decide

Petition to hold referendum signed by more than 585,000 people.

15 h
Carmakers have used the temporary kurzarbeit scheme during the ongoing pandemic.

Slovakia will have a permanent kurzarbeit scheme as of next year

The state will cover 60 percent of the employee’s salary.

15 h