Tuesday was blazing hot … and it wasn’t just because of the fireworks.
According to analysts, it was the hottest day since such data was first tracked way back in 1979. And yesterday was on course to be even hotter.
It’s all about the averages
Although it might not have been particularly sweltering in your neck of the woods, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is basing its findings on global averages as recorded by the University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer.
And here’s how the data broke down earlier this week:
- On Monday, the average temperature hit a record 62.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
- The next day, that record was broken again with a 62.9-degree average.
- Before this week, the hottest day on record occurred in August 2021.
While NOAA chief scientist Sarah Kapnick acknowledged that records only date back 44 years, she advised that Tuesday was probably the hottest our planet has been in “several hundred years.”
Furthermore, she said that these conditions provide “an indication of where we are right now” and the impact that climate change is likely to have on Earth’s future.
Learning how to keep your cool
The monumental task of addressing climate change is certainly more than any individual can undertake, but experts say it’s important for all of us to understand what’s going on and how we can best prepare for what is yet to come.
“A record like this is another piece of evidence for the now massively supported proposition that global warming is pushing us into a hotter future,” explained climate scientist Chris Field.
Climatologist Erinanne Saffell agreed, explaining that humans “aren’t used to that” and imploring anyone at risk to stay hydrated, limit time in the heat, and avoid physical exertion when outdoors.