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In September, global temperature records were broken again. It was the warmest September on record. Just as it was the hottest August and the warmest July on record. July 2023 was in any case the hottest month on record. “It’s absolutely crazy,” said scientist Zeke Hausfather.
September 2023 was half a degree warmer worldwide on average than the warmest September before 2020. It was 1.8 degrees warmer than the average before industrialization began. Temperatures in September were similar to a “normal” July in the past decade.
Professor Ed Hawkins from the University of Reading described this summer’s temperatures as “exceptional” to The Guardian. “I still find it difficult to understand how the temperature in one year can be so much higher than previous years.” The climate crisis explains the lion’s share of rising temperatures, but the El Niño weather phenomenon plays a role. This releases more heat from the oceans.
2023 is sure to be the hottest year on record. So far this year, it is 1.4 degrees warmer than it was in the pre-industrial era. The question is how long this year’s record will last. According to experts, there is a good chance that the weather will become warmer in 2024.
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