"World temperature records have been broken for a second day in a row, data
suggests, as experts issued a warning that this year’s warmest days are still
to come – and with them the warmest days ever recorded.
The average global air temperature was 17.18C (62.9F) on Tuesday, according to
data collated by the US National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP),
surpassing the record 17.01C reached on Monday.
Until the start of this week, the hottest day on record was in 2016, during the
last El Niño global weather event, when the global average temperature reached
On Tuesday, the World Meteorological Organization, the UN’s weather body,
confirmed El Niño had returned. Experts predicted that, combined with the
increased heat from anthropogenic global heating, it would lead to more
“El Niño hasn’t peaked yet and summer is still in full swing in the northern
hemisphere, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the record were broken again in
coming days or weeks,” said Dr Paulo Ceppi, a lecturer in climate science at
the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London.
Dr Karsten Haustein, a research fellow in atmospheric radiation at Leipzig
University, said: “The coming days will probably see a small downturn, but
since the annual global temperature maximum is at the end of July, more days
are likely to be warmer than yesterday (given that El Niño is now pretty much
in full swing) …
“Chances are that the month of July will be the warmest ever, and with it the
hottest month ever … ‘ever’ meaning since the Eemian, which is indeed some
120,000 years ago.”"
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