It is a known fact that summer season stays for the maximum duration in major parts of the world during a year. However, it becomes a matter of concern if there is an unusual rise in the temperature that breaks all previous records. On Friday, the preliminary data released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) revealed that July became the hottest month ever recorded in the history.
In the same context, the officials detected that there was an average increase of 1.2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial levels in July. This figure was a compilation of temperatures of 29 days in July and the temperature spike “will be on par with, and possibly marginally warmer than the previous warmest July, in 2016, which was also the warmest month ever.”
The boiling temperatures in July 2016 were a result of a strong El Niño weather phenomenon, which is a climate cycle that globally impacts the entire weather patterns. The cycle begins when warm water in the ocean shifts eastward and heats the atmosphere, forcing it to hold more moisture.
Announcing the WMO’s data of July being the world’s hottest month, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “We have always lived through hot summers. But this is not the summer of our youth. This is not your grandfather’s summer.”
He further added, “All of this means that we are on track for the period from 2015 to 2019 to be the five hottest years on record.”
“This year alone, we have seen temperature records shattered from New Delhi to Anchorage, from Paris to Santiago, from Adelaide and to the Arctic Circle. If we do not take action on climate change now, these extreme weather events are just the tip of the iceberg. And, indeed, the iceberg is also rapidly melting,” he continued.
“Preventing irreversible climate disruption is the race of our lives, and for our lives. It is a race that we can and must win.”
It has been the first time when the entire Europe experienced temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius. What could have been causing such a rise in temperature? Could it be because of increased carbon emissions and use of fossils? Despite various warnings from climate activists, no specific action has been taken in preventing climate change.
The effect of July heatwaves was visible in various countries. The officials saw a massive acceleration in melting of the Danish territory’s ice sheets in Greenland. In France, the officials noted that the already damaged Notre Dame de Paris cathedral sustained additional harm in the hottest month.
Not only has July become the hottest month, breaking the world records at local, national and global level, but it has also become the sad reality of the climate change that has been taking place for years. Without any urgent climate action, the future seems to be in dark. Could the individual governments bring in steps required to mitigate the climate threats, keeping aside their political matters?