Monday was hottest day for global average temperature on record, as climate crisis bites
Heatwaves sizzled around the world from the US south and the north of Africa to China and Antarctica This Monday, 3 July 2023, was the hottest day ever recorded globally, according to data from the US National Centers for Environmental Prediction. The average global temperature reached 17.01C (62.62F), surpassing the August 2016 record of 16.92C (62.46F), as heatwaves sizzled around the world. The southern US has been suffering under an intense heat dome in recent weeks amid extreme weather , probably driven by the human-caused climate crisis, experts said . In parts of China, an enduring heatwave continued, with temperatures above 35C (95F). North Africa has seen temperatures near 50C (122F), with, in the Middle East, thousands suffering from unusually scorching heat during the hajj religious pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. And even Antarctica , currently in its winter, registered anomalously high temperatures, as glacier melt accelerates and the sun intensifies. Ukraines Vernadsky research base, in the vast frozen continents Argentine Islands, recently broke its July temperature record with a reading of 8.7C (47.6F). Jeni Miller, executive director of the California-based Global Climate and Health Alliance, an international consortium of health organizations, said: People around the world are already enduring climate impacts, from heatwaves, wildfires and air pollution to floods and extreme storms. Global warming is also exacerbating crop losses and the spread of infectious diseases, as well as migration. She added: The extraction and use of coal, oil and gas harm peoples health, are the primary driver of warming and are incompatible with a healthy climate future. Thats all the more reason that governments must prepare to deliver a commitment at Cop28 to phase out all fossil fuels, and a just transition to renewable energy for all. The climate scientist Friederike Otto of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at Britains Imperial College London, said: Its a death sentence for people and ecosystems. Scientists lamented the climate crisis, accelerated by the El Nino weather pattern , the latest of which the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warned this week had begun. The last major El Nino was in 2016, which was the hottest year on record until now. Sign up to Down to Earth The planet's most important stories. Get all the week's environment news - the good, the bad and the essential after newsletter promotion Of the new temperature record announced on Tuesday, Zeke Hausfather, a research scientist at Berkeley Earth, said: Unfortunately, it promises to only be the first in a series of new records set this year as increasing emissions of [carbon dioxide] and greenhouse gases, coupled with a growing El Nino event, push temperatures to new highs.