The average annual air temperature in Ukraine in 2020 exceeded the long-term average level by 2.2 degrees Celsius and reached a record 10.7 degrees, the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center reported on Tuesday.
Previously, only in 2007, 2015 and 2019 the average annual temperature exceeded 10 degrees, the report says.
Forecasters reported that the average annual rainfall in Ukraine was 8% below normal, and the lowest levels were recorded in the eastern part of Donetsk, Luhansk and Nikolaev regions.
Ukraine traditionally grows grain, and the harvest largely depends on weather conditions. Ukraine accounted for about 16% of world grain exports in the 2019/20 season.
The warming of the last decade has significantly expanded the sown area for thermophilic corn, but reduced the sowing of grain in the south, where moisture deficit was recorded.