NASA scientist: July will be the hottest month on record
July 2023 will likely be the warmest month in the world for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt said Thursday.
This month has already seen daily temperature records broken in several places around the world.
The records are measured by the European Union and the University of Maine, using tools that combine Earth and satellite data into models to provide raw estimates.
The NASA scientist is clear in his judgment.
– We’re seeing unprecedented changes all over the world – the heat waves we’re seeing in the US, Europe and China are breaking records left, right and centre.
Climatological measurements differ slightly from one another, Schmidt explains, but “the trend for extreme heat is clear,” and will likely be reflected in monthly reports released later by US agencies.
The NASA scientist says the extreme temperatures we’re seeing this summer can’t be attributed solely to El Niño weather.
– Although El Nino plays a small role, this weather pattern has been going on for a while. We’ve seen record sea surface temperatures, even outside the tropics, for several months now.
The trend will only continue, according to Schmidt, as we continue to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
What is happening now increases the possibility that 2023 will be the warmest year on record. But we expect 2024 to be much warmer, says Schmidt.
Schmidt’s warnings come as the world has been hit by countless fire and health warnings in recent weeks, as well as record high temperatures.
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