At a press conference of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and partners, held on Tuesday in Geneva, it was announced that the average global temperature in July 2023 was the highest on record and possibly in the last 120 thousand years. This was reported by the press service of the UN.
Samantha Burgess, Deputy Director of the EU Copernicus Climate Change Service, which works closely with WMO, noted that many regions of the world experienced heatwaves in July.
“It is estimated that this month was about 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer than the average for the period from 1815 to 1900, that is, the average for the pre-industrial period,” she added.
According to her, based on the analysis of cave deposits, fossils, corals and shells, it can be concluded that "in the last 120 thousand years it has not been so warm."
Records were also broken for global sea surface temperatures after unusually high temperatures in April of this year, which led to the ocean surface warming in July by about 0.51 degrees Celsius above the 1991-2020 average.
2015-2022 were the warmest years on record, which have been going on for 170 years. This is despite the cooling effect of La Niña in the Pacific, which is holding back average global temperatures, said WMO spokesman Chris Hewitt. He added that "the reason for the long-term warming trend is the increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere," which has reached record highs, the source said.