World records hottest day, further temperature rises expected

Monday marks highest global temperature since records began, with blame placed on climate change

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AMMAN — Monday was the world's hottest day since records began and temperatures could rise even further in the coming weeks as scientists warn climate change is to blame, according to the Independent. اضافة اعلان

The average global temperature reached 17.01°C, surpassing the previous high of 16.92°C recorded in August 2016.

Climate scientists are now predicting that this record may soon be broken again, highlighting the urgency of addressing the effects of climate change.

El Niño and carbon emissions identified as causes
Researchers attribute the rising temperatures to the combination of El Niño, a climate-heating natural weather event last observed in 2016, and increasing carbon emissions.

The convergence of these factors resulted in Monday becoming the warmest day on record since satellite monitoring began in 1979.

Experts believe that average temperatures have also reached their highest levels since the late 19th century, when weather data collection commenced.

Global impacts and China's record highs
The effects of rising temperatures were observed worldwide, with England experiencing a relatively cool 20°C while certain regions in Texas, US, exceeded 40°C, according to the US government's National Centers for Environmental Prediction.

Moreover, China, in the midst of recovering from the pandemic-related economic slowdown, recorded its own record highs on Monday, with temperatures reaching 35°C in some areas.

EU climate chief Frans Timmermans has called for faster and more decisive joint action with China to address the rapidly escalating climate crisis. During climate talks in Beijing, Timmermans met with Chinese Vice Premier Ding Xuexiang, emphasizing the urgency of tackling the "triple crisis" of global warming, biodiversity loss, and pollution.

While China has pledged to reduce its coal consumption, this commitment is set for 2026. In the face of scorching temperatures, Chinese officials have urged power plants and coal suppliers to take all necessary measures to ensure adequate electricity supply this summer.

Warnings of ongoing El Niño impact
The World Meteorological Organization has cautioned that El Niño, characterized by a band of warm ocean water in the Pacific causing temperature rises, may persist.

Despite the temporary cooling effects of La Niña, the long-term cooling counterpart of El Niño, global temperatures have continued to rise. This highlights the need for immediate action to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.

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