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Some in Europe toasted the new year in T-shirts

By Isabella Kwai

04 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Countries across Europe had the warmest start to the year ever recorded. From forest-fire alerts in Spain to unskiable slopes in the Alps, evidence of climate change is everywhere. The NYT reports.

In the coastal Spanish town of San Sebastián, residents swapped sweaters for T-shirts and headed to the beach for a swim. In Rome, tourists and locals strolled in the sunshine in light sweaters. And in low-lying areas of the Pyrenees, a lack of snowfall forced some French ski resorts to close trails.

An unusually warm January broke dozens of weather records across Europe. Meteorologists called the warm spell and the records it broke “staggering,” as several countries saw the hottest start to the year ever measured.

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