On July 3, meteorologists recorded the hottest day in the entire history of observations. This was reported by Engadget with reference to data from the US National Centers for Environmental Prediction.
On this day, the global average temperature exceeded 17 degrees Celsius (62.62 Fahrenheit) for the first time since satellite monitoring of global temperatures began in 1979.
Scientists believe Monday was also the hottest day on record since humans began using devices to measure daily temperatures in the late 19th century.
This week, the southern United States is suffocating from the heat, with temperatures exceeding 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius). Even in places that are not usually famous for warm weather, it has been unseasonably hot lately, and the July maximum of 8.7 degrees Celsius was recorded at the Akademik Vernadsky research base in Antarctica.
Scientists attribute the recent heatwave to a combination of El Niño (the equatorial Pacific extremes of water temperature and atmospheric pressure that last about six months) and ongoing human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. Studies have shown that climate change is making heat waves more frequent, longer and hotter than ever.
“The average global surface air temperature reaching 17C for the first time since we have reliable records available is a significant symbolic milestone in our warming world,” said climate scientist Leon Simons in an interview with BBC News. “Now that the warmer phase of El Niño is starting we can expect a lot more daily, monthly and annual records breaking in the next 1.5 years.”
We will remind that the previous temperature record was set in August 2016. Then the world average temperature rose to 16.92 Celsius (62.45 Fahrenheit).