July 2023 will be the hottest in the entire history of observations on the planet. This is stated in the report of the Copernicus Climate Change Service and the World Meteorological Organization, writes CNN.
According to their findings, the heat in July was already so extreme that it is “virtually certain” that this month will break records “by a significant margin”.
Records are usually updated in hundredths of a degree. But the temperature for the first 23 days of July averaged 16.95°C, which is much higher than the previous record of 16.63°C in July 2019.
The data used to track records goes back to 1940. But many scientists, including those from the Copernicus programme, say these temperatures are almost certainly the hottest on the planet in 120,000 years.
“These are the hottest temperatures in human history,” said Samantha Burgess, deputy director at Copernicus.
According to her, the main cause of extreme heat is human-caused climate change.
“The global air temperature is directly proportional to the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere,” she emphasized.
We will remind, according to NASA scientists, humanity still has not seen any significant effect of El Niño, so 2024 is likely to be an even warmer year for the planet.