Temperatures around the world last month were at levels closer to normal for July…
Early analyses show global warmth surged far above previous records in September — even further than what scientists said seemed like astonishing increases in July and August.
The planet’s average temperature shattered the previous September record by more than half a degree Celsius (0.9 degrees Fahrenheit), which is the largest monthly margin ever observed.
Temperatures around the world last month were at levels closer to normal for July according to separate data analyses by European and Japanese climate scientists.
September’s average temperature was nearly 1 degree Celsius (1.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above 1991-2020 levels — or about 1.7 to 1.8 degrees Celsius (3.1 to 3.2 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal from before industrialization and the widespread use of fossil fuels.
Climate scientist Zeke Hausfather called the September warming “absolutely gobsmackingly bananas.”
“We’ve never seen a record smashed by anything close to this margin,” Hausfather, climate lead for the payment company Stripe, said in an email.
Samantha Burgess, deputy director of the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, in a statement called the record margin “extraordinary…”
Image at top: Air Temperature at the Surface, 2pm October 6, 2023: Temperature across the planet has great variation in time and space. This imagery shows the predicted air temperature (at 2 meters). Pink and orange areas are hot; yellow areas are mild; and a distinct transition to blue occurs at the freezing point (Courtesy of NOAA – generated by CoastalCare.org via View Global Data Explorer website, Public Domain).
September Was the Most Anomalously Hot Month Ever – Scientific American
September shattered a record for the highest temperature anomaly of any month and could help push 2023 to be the first year to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial temperatures