Once Again Hottest Ever June Marks 14th Month Of Record-Breaking Temperatures And It’s Not Slowing Down!
US agencies Nasa and Noaa say last month was 1.0C hotter than the 20th century average and the hottest June since records began in 1880 and ESA tells the same.
Temperatures have risen during the last 35 years, this is a fact and without debate. And 2006 to 2016 was the warmest decade ever recorded. As the Earth warms up, heat waves are becoming more common in some places, including the United States. Heat waves happen when a region experiences very high temperatures for several days and nights. And it doesn’t seem to stop?
As the string of record-breaking global temperatures continues unabated, June 2016 marks the 14th consecutive month of record-breaking heat.
According to three agencies ESA– Nasa and Noaa – June 2016 was 1.0C hotter than the average for the 20th century, and the hottest June in the record which goes back to 1880. It broke the previous record, set in 2015, by 0.05C.
The 14-month streak of record-breaking temperatures was the longest in the 137-year record. And it has been 40 years since the world saw a June that was below the 20th century average.
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The string of record-breaking monthly temperatures began in April 2015, and was pushed along by a powerful El Niño, where a splurge of warm water spreads across the Pacific Ocean.
But the effects of El Niño have receded, and the effects of global warming are clear, said Nasa’s Gavin Schmidt.
“While the El Niño event in the tropical Pacific this winter gave a boost to global temperatures from October onwards, it is the underlying trend which is producing these record numbers,” he said.
Nasa’s Walt Meir said the global temperatures have been exacerbated by extreme temperatures over the Arctic. Warm temperatures there are pushing up the global average, as well a causing record-low amounts of sea ice.
“It has been a record year so far for global temperatures, but the record high temperatures in the Arctic over the past 14 months have been even more extreme,” Meier said. “This warmth as well as unusual weather patterns have led to the record-low sea ice extents so far this year.”
New reports from among others, ESA continue to suggest that rising temperatures are coinciding with near record-breaking numbers of droughts and wildfires now across the United States. Taken collectively, the evidence lends to the notion that climate change is already having serious impacts on human society.
Warmer temperatures can also lead to a chain reaction of other changes around the world. That’s because increasing air temperature also affects the oceans, weather patterns, snow and ice, and plants and animals. The warmer it gets, the more severe the impacts on people and the environment will be. Looks really bad folks!