Scorching July Sets New Records in United States || 2023 July in U.S

Scorching July Sets New Records: Hottest Month Ever Recorded Amid Climate Change Concerns

July has proven to be scorching hot, leading scientists to believe that it is on track to become the hottest month ever recorded, as announced by the World Meteorological Association. This follows the record-breaking temperatures witnessed in June, which was declared the hottest June on record.

©World Meteorological Organization Global daily surface air temperature (°C) from January 1940 to July 2023, plotted as time series for each year. 2023 and 2016 are shown with thick lines shaded in bright red and dark red, respectively. (World Meteorological Organization)

Carlo Buontempo, the director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service, emphasized that these unprecedented heatwaves are part of a worrying trend of drastic global temperature increases. Human-caused emissions are identified as the primary driver behind this concerning phenomenon.

Copernicus, an integral part of the European Union's space program, engages in satellite observations of Earth. The recent monthly record is based on climate reanalysis data, combining on-the-ground observations, satellite data, and climate modeling to provide temperature estimates spanning decades. This approach helps to bridge gaps in the observational record and enables scientists worldwide to assess the impacts of climate change.

According to the data, global mean temperatures on Earth's surface exceeded 62.5 degrees Fahrenheit through Sunday, surpassing the previous record of 61.9 degrees set in July 2019.

Notably, the Southwest U.S. and southern Europe have encountered simultaneous and historic heatwaves this July. An attribution study conducted by weather event probability experts revealed that these extreme heat waves would have been nearly impossible without climate change. Furthermore, a third heatwave in China was found to be an exceedingly unlikely event if not for the effects of global warming.

The U.S. has been grappling with extreme weather events throughout the summer, with headlines dominated by record-setting Canadian wildfires resulting in smoky conditions, heavy precipitation causing floods in the Northeast, and exceptionally high temperatures along the Florida coastline.

In light of the widespread and severe impacts of extreme weather experienced by millions of people in July, the World Meteorological Organization's Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas, underlined the harsh reality of climate change and described it as a glimpse of what the future may hold.

It is evident that urgent action is needed to address the escalating challenges posed by climate change. As we witness the consequences of rising temperatures, it becomes increasingly critical for governments, organizations, and individuals worldwide to work collectively and implement sustainable solutions that will safeguard the planet for future generations.

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