According to new data by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the world has experienced the hottest June month on record in 2019. The average temperature globally was 61.6F or 16.4C.
Compared to the 20th-century average, the average global temperature was 1.7F warmer. In parts of Europe, Russia, Canada, and South America, the heat was prominent.
Following the US preparation for a “dangerous heatwave”, the NOAA report was released. It has been warned by the National Weather Service that millions of people will be affected by extreme heat in the upcoming days. The temperatures are expected to reach 110F or 43.3C.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a video posted on Twitter, “Friday is going to be bad. Saturday is going to be really, really bad. Take it seriously.”
The heat in June has brought the Antarctic sea ice coverage to a record low, as revealed by NOAA in its latest monthly global climate report.
Overall, the world is getting hotter and we need to play a collective role in saving our environment.
Climatologist Kathie Dello said, “Earth is running a fever that won’t break thanks to climate change. This won’t be the last record warm summer month that we will see.”