Lazy eyes listen
According to data supplied by the US National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), Monday was the world’s hottest day ever, with temperatures soaring around the globe.
The United States governmental authority, which provides national and worldwide climate guidelines and forecasts from its headquarters in Maryland, reported on Tuesday that the average global temperature on Monday was 17.01 degrees Celsius (62.62 degrees Fahrenheit). This exceeds the previous high of 16.92 degrees Celsius (62.46 degrees Fahrenheit) set in August 2016.
“This is not a milestone we should be celebrating,” said climate scientist Friederike Otto on Tuesday. “It’s a death sentence for both people and ecosystems.”
The warning comes as many southern states in the United States have experienced excessive temperatures in recent days. In June, Corpus Christi, Texas, set a record high temperature of 51 degrees Celsius (125 degrees Fahrenheit). Temperatures in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, and Louisiana have also been reported to be similar.
Meanwhile, China has been experiencing a lengthy heatwave, with temperatures in Beijing exceeding 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) for about ten days in a row. Temperatures in North Africa approached 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas.
Even Antarctica, which is presently in winter, recently had relatively mild temperatures of 8.7 degrees Celsius (47.6 degrees Fahrenheit), shattering the continent’s July record.
Climate scientists believe that climate change, combined with a strong El Nino warm-weather pattern, is to blame for the extremely high temperatures, and that there will be more to come.
According to Zeke Hausfather, a researcher at the Berkeley Earth surface temperature data analysis department, the ongoing weather anomaly is “only the first in a series of new records this year.”