July 6 and August hottest in 143 years, report says
Earth this year experienced the sixth warmest July and August in 143 years, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said.
NOAA scientists have also said 2022 could be among the 10 hottest years ever.
Such extreme heat has caused parts of the United States and Africa, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Japan and China to experience dry, arid and unusually hot conditions, resulting in severe drought conditions not seen in recent centuries.
Earth’s temperature recorded in August rose 0.9 degrees Celsius as July temperatures jumped 0.87 degrees Celsius from the average for the previous century, the US agency said. NOAA scientists also noted that five of the seven Julys since 2016 were among the hottest Earth has ever seen.
In fact, it wasn’t just the past two months, the summer months between June and August in the northern hemisphere were the fifth hottest in 143 years of world temperature records. The temperature from June to August this year was tied to temperatures in that period recorded in 2015 and 2017. The temperature over three months in those three years remained 0.89 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average , according to a NOAA report.
Unusually high global temperatures have had a direct impact on the amount of sea ice melting along the Earth’s poles. Sea ice cover in the Arctic was 16.8% (4.67 million square miles) lower than the 1981-2010 average, while over Antarctica it was 4. 2% below average (6.55 million square miles).