Global temperature

Climate change is real: July 2021 was 3rd warmest globally

Surface temperature for June 2021 was the 5th-highest in 142 years  

 
By DTE Staff
Published: Friday 06 August 2021
The research found that early-warning signals existed before global warming.

The shattering of climate records continue: July 2021 was the “the third-warmest July on record globally, less than 0.1 degree Celsius cooler than July 2019 and July 2016,” revealed Copernicus earth observation programme of the European Union.

According to Copernicus:

July is usually the warmest month of the year globally, although August can sometimes be warmer. July 2021 was warmer globally than any previous month in the data record other than July 2019 and July 2016.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ) will release its much awaited report on the science of climate change on August 9. This report will assess the impacts of climate change, an update since 2013. 


Read: What did the last IPCC report say


The previous month too broke records. Global surface temperature for June 2021 was the fifth-highest in 142 years, according to the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Global Climate Report June 2021. It was 0.88°C above the 20th century average

July temperatures remained at year-ago levels. The month was 0.33°C warmer than the 1991-2020 average for the month.

For Europe, reeling under both heatwave and severe flooding, average July temperature was 1.4°C above the 1991-2020 average. “The only July on record that was warmer than this over Europe occurred in 2010, when western Russia experienced a severe heatwave and the European-average temperature was 1.7°C above its 1991-2020 level,” explained Copernicus.

In the preceding year —August 2020-July 2021 — the global over land areas temperature remained above average. It was above average for the majority of the ocean surface temperature. Invariably, colder areas have also remained warmer than average.

“(The temperature average in the last 12 months has remained) most above the 1991-2020 average over northern Siberia and the adjacent Arctic seas, northeastern Canada, northwestern Africa, the Middle East and the Tibetan Plateau,” said the European Union weather body.

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