On Monday, July 3, the world’s average temperature hit a new high, going over 17 degrees Celsius for the first time. The world has been experiencing hottest days since the start of June 2023.
Scientists say that the number was the highest recorded by instruments since the end of the 1800s. El Nio and ongoing carbon dioxide pollution are both to blame for the high temperatures.
As El Nio gets more robust over the next few months, scientists think that more marks will be set.
Since the beginning of this year, scientists have been getting increasingly worried about how quickly temperatures are rising on land and at sea.
Record spring temperatures in Spain and many Asian countries were followed by marine heatwaves in places like the North Sea that don’t usually get them.
This week, China was still in the middle of a long-lasting heatwave, with temperatures in some places above 35C. The south of the US was also very hot and humid.
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The US National Centres for Environmental Prediction says that on July 3, the average temperature around the world hit 17.01C.
The El Nio Southern Oscillation, or ENSO, has three different stages. It can be hot, cold, or neutral. It is the most powerful change in the Earth’s climate system.
In June, experts said that conditions were right for an El Nio. This means that more heat is now rising to the top of the Pacific Ocean, making the temperature of the whole world go up.