Hottest month ever: June 2019 was recorded as hottest-ever in Earth’s history

Hottest month ever: June was recorded as the hottest ever across the world, including India and Europe.

Jul 17, 2019 17:52 IST
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Hottest month ever: June 2019 was recorded as the hottest June ever with temperatures soaring up to nearly 10 degree Celsius above the average temperature recorded this time of the year. This gives rise to serious Climate Change concerns.

June was recorded as the hottest ever across the world, including India and Europe. According to the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), a European climate agency, the global average temperature for June 2019 was the highest-ever recorded. The average temperature across Germany, France and Spain showed an above normal rise of about 10 degree Celsius.

According to the data released by NASA, the global average land-ocean temperature was 0.93 degree Celsius above the normal temperature while taking 1951 to 1980 as base years. The temperature is the highest in recorded history since 1880. The second-highest recorded was June 2016 at 0.82°C above normal temperatures. Strong El Niño was thought to be the key reason behind the high temperature in 2016.

Though El Niño was weak this year, its combined effect with the heatwave in Europe and continued global warming is being regarded as the main reason behind the record high temperature in June.

Temperature rise in India

India witnessed heat waves all across in June due to delayed monsoon.  The temperature in certain parts of the country breached 50 degree Celsius such as Rajasthan and New Delhi recorded the highest-ever temperature for June on June 10.  

Climate Emergency: Why is temperature rise a cause of concern?

The record high temperatures all across the world in June is a huge cause of worry as, despite weak El Niño, the temperature breached previous highs. In addition to this, climate experts believe that July like June is on track to be the hottest ever. The record rise in temperature is expected to add momentum to the universal call for the declaration of a climate emergency.  

Impact of warmer temperature

The main impact of warmer average temperature is a higher occurrence of extreme weather events such as floods, tropical cyclones, heatwaves and droughts. India witnessed major floods last year as well this year and the destructive cyclone Fani.

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