It so happens to be the case that July 2016 is the most swelteringly hot month to ever have been recorded in history.
The planet has been caught up in a rapid heat wave that reached its peak in the month of July which recently passed us by. This trend is not showing any signs of stopping either.
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The global temperatures during July 2016 were 0.84 degrees Celsius. All the erstwhile July months have been beaten by this new record. The only exception is July 2011 which clocks in at 0.74 degrees Celsius which is close but no cigar.
Ever since the recording of temperatures began in 1880, this has been the most alarming heat wave to have struck the earth and its inhabitants.
July is the hottest month, according to WeatherChannel. As for the heat wave which engulfs the planet during this month, it is more severe in its effects in the Northern Hemisphere than in the Southern Hemisphere.
Thus 2016 beats 2015 as the hottest month on record. There are other agencies than NASA that measure temperatures on a worldwide basis.
Also NASA’s methods of recording temperatures differs from the rest of the agencies of the world. The NOAA also corroborated the view that 2016 was the hottest year and specifically July was the most sultry of months.
Since the past two years or so, the increased heat levels are primarily due to climate change. Also the weather phenomenon known as El Nino has played its role in raising the temperatures. However, there is one surprising thing.
Although El Nino has passed away into oblivion, the rising temperatures still remain extant. 2016 brought in its wake, floods which devastated parts of Louisiana and China. Very hot spots on the earth like Kuwait, India and Iraq set novel standards for the hottest days of the year.
As for the oceans around the world, they are facing coral bleaching due to the heat waves. There is La Nina which is a weak phenomenon in the tropical Pacific Ocean.
This may break the pressure of the heat wave temporarily. The fact of the matter is that in recent years, the average temperature increases had been going down.
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This sudden spike is therefore an anomaly. What matters in the long run is the forecast for decades and centuries. As humanity progresses through the 21st century which has been called the Century of the Mind, we will have to be very careful regarding how the burning of fossil fuels contributes to global warming.