21 of the 30 hottest days ever recorded occurred in July this year

21 of the 30 hottest days ever occured in July 2023

July 2023 was the hottest July to date

What’s making the Earth hotter?

Most species, including humans, would gradually render life on Earth unwelcoming. Scientists believe that additional increases in temperatures compared to pre-industrial levels have already raised the global temperature by approximately 1.2°C. By warming the planet, the emission of greenhouse gases resulting from human activities, such as the combustion of fossil fuels, hinder the dissipation of heat into space. Buontempo was referring to the emission of greenhouse gases resulting from human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels, which impede the dissipation of heat into space, thus warming the planet. Carlo Buontempo, the director of the C3S at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), attributed the main cause of rising temperatures to “anthropogenic emissions”.

Global weather patterns can be influenced by the cyclical increase in surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean, known as the El Niño phenomenon–the term used by climatologists to describe the detrimental impacts of human-caused emissions that are currently intensifying.

Quotable: “Global boiling”

The era of global warming has ended; the era of global boiling has arrived. The air is unbreathable. The heat is unbearable. And the level of fossil-fuel profits and climate inaction is unacceptable. —UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a speech at the UN headquarters in New York City yesterday (July 27). Guterres has repeatedly advocated for a transition away from fossil fuels to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.

Hotter earth, by the digits

The research outfits reported that the recorded values on July 7 and 5 were within 0.01°C of 2°C. July experienced the highest average global temperature ever recorded, which was 62.74°F (17.08°C).

The average global surface air temperature for the entire month of July 2019, which is currently the warmest month on record, was well above 16.63°C (62.51°F) as recorded for the first 23 days of July 2023.

98%: Likelihood that at least one of the next five years will be the warmest on record, according to the WMO’s predictions.

On July 24, the highest recorded temperature point in the waters of Florida’s Manatee Bay was 38.44°C (101.19°F), which falls within the temperature range of hot tubs.

On July 16, China achieved a new national temperature record of 52.2°C (25.96°F).

400+: US Workers who have died due to environmental heat exposure since 2011, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

One more thing: Biden wants to protect workers from extreme heat

Heat alerts have been declared for tens of millions of individuals as scorching temperatures in the triple digits Fahrenheit have endured for weeks in extremely hot cities such as Phoenix, Arizona, and San Antonio, Texas, where US president Joe Biden recently (July 27) unveiled a strategy to safeguard employees and held meetings with the mayors.

The Interior Department will invest $152 million from Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to enhance climate resilience and expand water storage in Washington, Colorado, and California. Additionally, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will improve its weather forecasts. The Department of Labor will also direct measures to ramp up inspections, issue hazard alerts, and improve weather forecasts as part of Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act. This includes directing measures to ramp up inspections for firefighting, farm, construction, and other vulnerable jobs.

While announcing the measures, the president said that if Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, had been in line first, he would’ve stopped the recent bill banning water breaks. However, he will continue to call out states that weren’t doing enough to protect workers from extreme heat. Additionally, he criticized Republicans in Congress for peddling conspiracy theories and denying the existence of climate change.