Global average temperature for July confirmed to be highest on record of any month, says Copernicus Climate Change Service.

Iran PressEurope: Accordig to Aljazeera, July was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth with abnormally high temperatures recorded on both land and sea, the European Union’s climate observatory confirmed, warning of dire consequences for the planet.

Marked by heatwaves and fires all around the world, the previous month was 0.33 degrees Celsius (0.59 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the record set in July 2019 when the average temperature was 16.63C (32F), it said.

“It has not been this warm, combining observational records and paleoclimate records, for the last 120,000 years,” said Samantha Burgess, deputy director of the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service.

“The global average temperature for July 2023 is confirmed to be the highest on record for any month – the month is estimated to have been around 1.5 degrees [Celsius; 2.7F] warmer than the average for 1850 to 1900,” said Burgess.

July was 0.72C (1.3F) warmer than the 1991-2020 average for the month. June also smashed through the previous temperature record for that month, according to Copernicus, which bases its calculations on a dataset going back to 1950.

About 1.2 degrees Celsius (2.16F) of global warming since the late 1800s, driven by the burning of fossil fuels, has made heatwaves hotter, longer and more frequent, as well as intensifying other weather extremes such as storms and floods.

“Heatwaves were experienced in multiple regions of the Northern Hemisphere, including southern Europe. Well-above average temperatures occurred over several South American countries and around much of Antarctica,” according to the observatory.

“The global mean for 2023 is the third highest on record, at 0.43C [0.77F]relative to 1991-2020, compared with 0.49C [0.88F] for 2016 and 0.48C [0.86] for 2020. The gap between 2023 and 2016 is expected to narrow in the coming months, as the latter months of 2016 were relatively cool … while the remainder of 2023 is expected to be relatively warm as the current El Nino event develops.”


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