Washington DC: The hottest day on earth was recorded on July 3, The Hill, an American newspaper and digital media company, reported, citing the data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The data analysed by the University of Maine revealed that on July 3, the average global air temperature at a height of 2 meters above the Earth’s surface reached 62.62 degrees Fahrenheit, or 17.01 degrees Celsius.
Robert Rohde, from the University of California, Berkeley, took to Twitter on Tuesday to share that the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) had determined that July 3 marked the hottest single day ever measured by humans. Rohde attributed this to the combination of El Nino and global warming, and he cautioned that even hotter days could be expected over the next six weeks.
Rohde further warned that humanity should brace itself for more scorching temperatures in the coming month and a half, as reported by The Hill. The recorded temperature on July 3 surpassed the previous records set in July 2022 and August 2016, which were 62.46 degrees Fahrenheit or 16.92 degrees Celsius.
Although this global record is considered preliminary, it signifies that climate change is venturing into uncharted territory. Deke Arndt, the director of the National Center for Environmental Information, a division of NOAA, stated that the record-breaking figures would be taken into account during NOAA’s official calculations, as stated in The Hill.