The global average daily temperature rose to 17.23 degrees Celsius on Thursday, according to the University of Maine Center for Climate Research, which uses data from the US National Centers for Environmental Prediction. On Monday, the average global temperature reached 17.01 degrees Celsius, on Tuesday it rose to 17.18 degrees. Until this week, the record in NCEP data was 16.92 degrees Celsius, set in August 2016. The European Union’s Copernicus climate change service, which has kept records since 1940, said global temperatures on Monday and on Tuesday they also reached record levels.
Although the records are based on observational data sets dating back to the mid-20th century, Francis said they are “almost certainly” the hottest temperatures the planet has seen in a much longer period of time. Scientists know this through circumstantial data like tree rings, ice cores, and coral reefs—data that is the cornerstone of their understanding of the climate system and how humans have contributed to rapid global warming since the industrial revolution.
July is typically the hottest month on the planet, but temperatures are already off the charts this year due to a combination of El Niño, a natural weather event in the Pacific Ocean, and a human-induced climate crisis that is steadily increasing temperatures. global temperatures. the experts said. .