The European Climate Monitor reported temperatures in October 2023 breaking global heat records. Photo/Science Alert
PARIS – The European Climate Monitor reported that temperatures in October 2023 broke the global heat record. The Copernicus satellite recorded temperatures in October 2023 reaching 1.7 degrees Celsius warmer than the average temperature for that month in the pre-industrial era.
The global average temperature since January is the highest on record since 1940, recorded at around 1.43 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average of 1850-1900. In fact, the average sea surface temperature in October 2023, excluding the polar regions, reached 20.79 degrees Celsius.
Beyond these official records, scientists say climate proxy data suggests that this year’s temperatures may be unprecedented in human history. In fact, the temperature recorded in October 2023 has the potential to be the hottest temperature in more than 100,000 years.
“October 2023 saw an extraordinary temperature anomaly. “We can say that 2023 will almost certainly be the hottest year on record, and currently the temperature is 1.43 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average,” said Samantha Burgess, deputy director of the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). quoted by SINDOnews from the Science Alert page, Friday (10/11/2023).
Scientists estimate that the worst impacts will be felt at the end of 2023 and into next year. It is known that a temperature rise of just under 1.2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels has triggered a series of disastrous and detrimental extreme weather events.
Sea surface temperatures were the highest ever recorded this month, a phenomenon fueled by global warming. According to scientists, sea surface temperatures play an important role in driving storms to become more violent and destructive.
Warmer ocean temperatures are driving increased storm intensity and the melting of vital ice sheets that protect the vast ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica. This condition has the potential to threaten sea level rise.
A warmer atmosphere also holds more moisture, resulting in higher rainfall. The report warns that humanity has entered uncharted territory with global warming endangering life on Earth.
“Another month, another unprecedented record. The consequences are very clear,” Ed Hawkins, professor of climate science at the University of Reading, told the Science Media Centre.