Unprecedented Heatwave: Past Three Days Shatter Global Temperature Records

In a stunning revelation, the past three days have witnessed the warmest temperatures ever recorded worldwide, with an average temperature exceeding 17 degrees Celsius. Each day surpassed the previous record, starting with Monday’s surpassing of the 17-degree mark, followed by even higher temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Global temperature data collected by Climate Reanalyzer, a tool utilizing satellite data and computer simulations, revealed that the average temperature on Tuesday and Wednesday reached a scorching 17.18 degrees Celsius. The National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) reported that Monday’s average temperature was 17.01 degrees Celsius, breaking the previous record set in August 2016 of 16.92 degrees Celsius.

The month of June this year has proven to be the warmest on record globally, with an average temperature of 16.51 degrees Celsius, exceeding the average from 1991 to 2020 by approximately 0.5 degrees Celsius. Copernicus, the European Union’s Agency for monitoring atmospheric and climate changes, attributed this record to climate change-induced ocean warming and the reemergence of the natural meteorological phenomenon known as El Niño, characterized by warming ocean waters.

Scientists have been issuing warnings for months about the potential for record-breaking heatwaves in 2023, driven by human activity-induced climate change, particularly the burning of fossil fuels. The recent temperature records further solidify the widely accepted theory that global warming is propelling us towards an increasingly hotter future.

While rising average temperatures are a well-known consequence of global warming, they represent only one facet of the issue. Small island nations in the Pacific are grappling with the gradual loss of their territories due to rising sea levels. Bleak scenarios predict the complete submersion of these states within the next century. The recent heatwaves and temperature records serve as a stark reminder of the pressing need for action to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Although the recent temperature records are not official, they provide valuable insights into the alarming trends unfolding in our warming world, as affirmed by Sean Birkle, a climatologist at the University of Maine. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) intends to incorporate this data into its calculations.

Sarah Kapnick of NOAA suggests that if additional data were available, it would likely confirm that the world experienced its warmest day in several hundred years earlier this week. Temperature records have been shattered not only globally but also in specific regions such as Quebec and Peru. Beijing recently endured nine consecutive days with temperatures exceeding 35 degrees Celsius, while American cities ranging from Medford, Oregon, to Tampa, Florida, are grappling with historically high temperatures, as stated by Zack Taylor of the National Weather Service (NWS).

The urgency for immediate and effective action to combat climate change is paramount, with these temperature records serving as a wake-up call for individuals, governments, and organizations worldwide.

Article by Prague Forum

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