According to data released by the European Union Climate Change Service, the summer of 2023 will be remembered as the hottest on record.
During the three-month span from June to August, the average temperature soared to 16.8 degrees C, surpassing previous records significantly with an increase of 0.66°C above the norm.
Last month marked another record as the hottest August ever observed worldwide, making it the third consecutive month to achieve this milestone, following record-breaking June and July.
In August, temperatures rose approximately 1.5 degrees C above the pre-industrial average for the period from 1850 to 1900. This increase underscores the urgency of global efforts to adhere to the Paris international climate change agreement, ratified by 196 nations in 2015, which aims to restrict global warming to a 1.5-degree Celsius limit.
July 2023 maintains the title of the hottest month ever recorded, and with August’s temperatures, this summer season in the northern hemisphere now stands as the hottest ever recorded since comprehensive climate records began in 1940.
“Global temperature records continue to tumble in 2023,” Copernicus deputy head Samantha Burgess said.
“The scientific evidence is overwhelming, we will continue to see more climate records and more intense and frequent extreme weather events impacting society and ecosystems, until we stop emitting greenhouse gases,” Burgess said.
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