June was the hottest month ever

Global temperatures continue to shatter records as June 2024 becomes the hottest month ever recorded, according to the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). This marks the 13th consecutive month of unprecedented heat, raising concerns that 2024 could surpass 2023 as the warmest year in recorded history.

Jul 8, 2024 - 14:14
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June was the hottest month ever

Global temperatures continue to shatter records as June 2024 becomes the hottest month ever recorded, according to the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).

This marks the 13th consecutive month of unprecedented heat, raising concerns that 2024 could surpass 2023 as the warmest year in recorded history. The persistent streak of record-breaking temperatures is attributed to a combination of human-induced climate change and the El Niño weather phenomenon.

The consequences of this extreme heat have been devastating worldwide. In June, India experienced a deadly heatwave that claimed hundreds of lives, particularly in densely populated urban areas like New Delhi.

The Indian Meteorological Department reported temperatures soaring above 45°C for several consecutive days, overwhelming healthcare systems and forcing authorities to implement emergency measures.

The haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia also saw tragedy, with over 1,000 fatalities attributed to the intense heat. Similar heat-related deaths were reported among tourists in Greece, underscoring the global reach of this climate crisis.

Despite international commitments to curb global warming, collective efforts to reduce emissions have fallen short. In the 12 months ending in June, the world's average temperature was 1.64 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average, the highest for any such period on record.

As the world transitions from El Niño conditions to the expected cooler La Niña later this year, climate experts stress that only rapid and significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can halt the alarming trend of rising global temperatures.

 

 

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