Warm weather even extends to Antarctica, where temperatures across much of the continent are 8 degrees Fahrenheit above normal.
WASHINGTON — Earth’s average temperature set a new unofficial record high on Thursday, the third such milestone in a week that has been billed as a… hottest record.
The planet’s average temperature hit 63 degrees Fahrenheit, 17.23 degrees Celsius, surpassing the 62.9 and 17.18 degrees set on Tuesday and equaling Wednesday, according to data from the University of Maine’s. Climate re-analyzera tool that uses satellite data and computer simulations to measure the state of the world.
That average includes places that are sweltering under dangerous heat — like Jingxing, China, where temperatures are close to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43.3 degrees Celsius) — and places that are only unusually warm, like the South. Polar, where temperatures across much of the continent hit 8 degrees Fahrenheit (4.5 degrees Celsius) above normal this week.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday issued a cautionary note about the Maine instrument’s findings, saying it could not confirm the data was a partial result from computer modeling.
“While NOAA cannot validate the methodology or conclusions of the University of Maine analysis, we recognize that we are in a warm period due to climate change,” NOAA said.
However, the Maine data has been regarded by many as Another worrisome sign of climate change globally. Several climate scientists said this week they were not surprised to see the unofficial records.
Robert Watson, a scientist and former chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said governments and the private sector were “not really committed to tackling climate change”. “.
“They demand cheap energy, cheap food, and don’t want to pay the real cost of food and energy,” said Watson.