"July has been confirmed as the hottest month on record globally after several
heatwaves in parts of Europe, according to the Copernicus Climate Change
The global average temperature was 16.95C last month, surpassing the previous
record set in 2019 by a substantial 0.33C. Temperatures exceeded 40C last week
in several countries across Europe including Greece, France, Italy and Spain.
Wildfires forced the evacuation of thousands of residents and tourists from
several Greek islands including Rhodes. There were also high temperatures in
South American countries, despite it being winter there.
July is estimated to have been about 1.5C warmer than the average for
1850-1900, according to C3S, and 0.72C warmer than the 1991-2020 average.
Dr Samantha Burgess, deputy director of C3S, said: “We just witnessed global
air temperatures and global ocean surface temperatures set new all-time records
in July. These records have dire consequences for both people and the planet
exposed to ever more frequent and intense extreme events.”
Antarctic sea ice has also been at record lows this July, freezing less than in
any other winter since satellites began observations in 1979.
Scientists have said that if greenhouse gas emissions are not controlled,
extreme weather will increasingly damage Antarctic ecosystems, which would
affect the rest of the world."
*** Xanni ***
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