And the planet set its daily temperature record on Monday.

Monday was the hottest day on record globally, passing the average 17°C mark for the first time, according to preliminary measurements on Tuesday from the US Meteorological Organization.

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The average daily air temperature at the surface of the planet on July 3 was measured at 17.01°C by an organization based on the US Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA).

This measurement exceeds the previous daily record (16.92 degrees Celsius) set on July 24, 2022, according to this data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Environmental Prediction Centers, dating back to 1979.

The air temperature, which fluctuates between about 12°C and 17°C on a daily average during the year, was on average 16.20°C at the beginning of July between 1979 and 2000.

This record, which has not yet been supported by other measurements, could be quickly broken as the Northern Hemisphere begins its summer season and the global average temperature continues to rise generally through late July and early August.

Already in early June, global average temperatures were the highest ever recorded by the European Copernicus Service for this period, surpassing previous records by “a large margin”.

These observations are a possible pre-signal of El Niño – generally associated with an increase in global temperatures – along with the effects of human-induced global warming.

On June 8, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the official arrival of El Niño, stressing that it “could lead to new record temperatures” in certain regions.

In June, several records were broken in Asia and the UK recorded the hottest June on record while Mexico experienced an extreme heat wave.

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO, a specialized agency of the United Nations), there is a 66% chance that the annual average global temperature near the surface will temporarily exceed pre-industrial levels by more than 1.5°C for at least one. year between 2023 and 2027.

2022 marked the eighth year in a row that global annual temperatures were at least one degree higher than the levels observed between 1850 and 1900.

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