2017 Is Record Breaker Of Heat!
July 26, 2017
The first half of 2017 was the second warmest on record for Earth, only behind last year.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that Earth’s average temperature from January to June was 57.9 degrees (14.4 degrees Celsius). That’s 1.6 degrees warmer than the 20th-century average. According to NASA, the first six months were 1.64 degrees F above the 1951–1980 average. NOAA released its global temperature data for June on 18th July 2017, and ranked June as the third warmest in its records. The four warmest Junes in its records have all happened in the past four years.
Record warmth was measured in much of Mexico, western Europe, eastern Russia, eastern Africa and eastern China. The hotspots around the world for June included central Asia and western and central Europe. A searing heatwave in western Europe that helped fuel deadly wildfires in Portugal was made up to 10 times more likely because of Earth’s rising temperature, according to a recent study done in partnership with Climate Central. The U.S. Southwest was another standout, with a heat wave that pushed temperatures so high they prevented some airplanes from taking off at Phoenix’s airport.