Hottest heat recorded this year: World Meteorological Organization


Geneva: According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Earth’s Northern Hemisphere has recorded its warmest summer so far this year and August continued to have a record high temperature. The WMO and the European climate service Copernicus reported on Wednesday that last month was not only the warmest ever recorded, but it was also the second warmest month measured after July 2023.

Scientists made this calculation with the help of modern equipment. The month of August this year was almost 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer, which is the limit of temperature increase that the world is trying not to exceed. But the 1.5°C limit has been around for decades, not just one month. The world’s oceans (covering more than 70 percent of Earth’s surface) were the warmest ever recorded with nearly 21 degrees Celsius, the WMO and Copernicus said, and remained at the high temperature mark for three consecutive months.

According to Copernicus, 2023 is on track to be the second hottest year on record so far, after 2016. Scientists have attributed the increase to human-caused climate change due to the burning of coal, oil and natural gas, as well as additional pressure from the natural El Niño. El Nino is a temporary warming of parts of the Pacific Ocean that causes changes in weather conditions around the world.

El Niño began earlier this year and usually leads to an additional warming of global temperatures. Climatologist Andrew Weaver said the figures announced by the WMO and Copernicus are not surprising, but rather sad that governments Not taking the issue of climate change seriously. He expressed concern that the public would forget the issue when the temperature dropped again. Copernicus is a division of the European Union’s space programme.

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