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Hottest day on Earth recorded on July 3 as experts warn of fresh highs

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July 5, 2023

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The world’s average temperature hit a new record high on Monday, July 3, exceeding 17°C for the first time since measurements began. The world record temperature was attributed to human-induced climate change and the El Niño weather pattern, as experts predict even hotter days ahead.

The average global temperature on July 3 was 17.01°C, surpassing the previous all-time high of 16.92°C, measured on August 14, 2016, news agencies reported.

In addition to being the warmest day on Earth since satellite monitoring began in 1979, July 3 may also have been the hottest single day since widespread instrumental record keeping began in the late 19th century.

The record-breaking global temperature was due to human-induced climate change and El Niño

The new world record temperature was reported by the US National Centers for Environmental Prediction. Experts believe it was due to climate change caused by human activity, coupled with the reemergence of El Niño, which occurs every two to seven years, bringing increased temperatures around the world.

The world may experience even hotter days this summer

To make matters worse, scientists expect even hotter days in the coming period as El Niño strengthens. The world-warming weather pattern is expected to increase global temperatures for the next nine to 12 months, according to reports.

In May, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warned that global temperatures were likely to surge to record levels between 2023 and 2027, fueled by greenhouse gas emissions and the naturally occurring El Niño event. The annual average global temperature could be more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels for at least one year.

Between 2011 and 2020, human activity caused the global surface temperature of the Earth to rise by 1.1°C compared to the second half of the 19th century, resulting in wildfires, flooding, and food shortages around the world, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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