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2019 is on track to be the hottest year on record. Severe heatwaves have scorched countries around the world, Alaska and Greenland and Antarctica are melting, and the Arctic sea ice is fast disappearing.


Human caused global warming is rapidly changing the Earth's climate patterns, to the detriment of most of the people on the planet, as well as most of the animal species and many plant species. 


The evil of those who are trying to block any effctive actions to deal with the climate change crisis for the sake of their short term profits, is beyond measure or sane understanding.

This chart shows just how abnormally hot it's been in 2019

World Economic Forum

22 Aug 2019


July 2019 was the warmest month ever recorded on Earth. According to NASA data, the average temperature over the past month was 2.34°C above the average temperature calculated for the years from 1980 to 2015 and used as a reference period for the chart. As seen by the monthly temperatures of selected years since 1880, winter temperature is naturally below the multiyear average of the reference period, which is a single figure showing the average temperature over a long period of time irrespective of seasons.

Summer temperatures are naturally above the base period multiyear average but have been diverging further and further from it. While monthly averages increased with every 20-year period, 2019 is another jump up from 2000. It is among the warmest years since the beginning of recorded temperatures and it seems well on its way to breaking the record of hottest year ever.

The global data for near-surface temperatures comes from onshore weather stations as well as from ship, buoys and satellite measurements of the oceans. According to scientific findings, the continuing global warming will lead to changes in the strength, frequency, spatial extent and duration of extreme weather events. 2019 heat also had a strong impact on polar ice conditions: The Arctic ice pack reached a historic low in July (19.8% below average), as did the Antarctic ice pack, which reached its smallest extent for July in 41 years of observations.

Earth is heating up
Earth is heating up
Image: Statista

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The rising trend in global temperatures is the certain indication of global warming. Record high temperatures have been set in ever increasing numbers in the last few decades, but a single year with a record high global average temperature can still exceed the (still) very high temperatures of some following years, which are still part of a solid trend of increasing temperatures.


2019 may wind up as the new hottest year on record, or it may be the second, or even third, hottest year, and still be one of the six hottest years on record, which are the last six years. Out of the last 140 years of global instrumental temperature records, and, using scientific studies of proxy temperature records, both these last six years and the last several decades have been the hottest period in at least the last two or three thousand years.


But 2019 has definitely been very unusually hot so far........(BTW, the very excellent NASA graphic would not transfer, so go to article to see it)

All the global temperature records broken in 2019, so far



Data: NASA GISS; Graphic: Harry Stevens/Axios


The world's top 5 warmest years on record have occurred since 2014 — and it's almost certain that 2019 will be added to this list as well. 


Why it matters: Such trends are indicative of long-term global warming due to human activities such as burning fossil fuels for energy and transportation, cutting down forests for agriculture and other purposes. Only 1 (1998) of the top 20 warmest years on record since instrument data began in 1880 took place before the year 2000. With greenhouse gas concentrations in the air at their highest level in 3 million years, the odds favor more record-shattering years in the future.


Many countries have been setting new milestones for monthly record warmth, as is the world at large. Here are some of 2019's noteworthy temperature records: 

Monthly rankings

Monthly temperature records are based on estimates from a number of different organizations, including NOAA and NASA. 

  • January: Third-warmest January, per NOAA
  • February: Fifth-warmest February, per NOAA
  • March: Third-warmest March
    • NOAA and Europe's Copernicus Climate Service ranked March as the 2nd-warmest on record, while NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency ranked the month slightly lower as the 3rd-warmest March on record.
  • AprilSecond-warmest April
    • April saw a global temperature anomaly of 0.99ºC, or 1.8ºF, above the 20th century average, per NASA.
  • July: Passed August 2016 at the hottest-ever month on record by 0.14ºF, according to the NOAA and Europe's Copernicus Climate Service.

National records

Aside from global trends, some individual continents and countries are setting records of their own. Here are a few national records that have been broken this year, some of which still need to be verified in order to officially enter the record books:

  • Angola saw its hottest temperature ever measured for any month in February.
  • Australia shattered its record for the hottest summer ever, propelling its national average temperature to a new all-time high.
    • January had an average temperature that was 5.2°F (2.91°C) above the 1961–1990 average — the first time any month has topped 86°F (30°C), nationally.
  • Belgium broke its all-time record at 40.6°C (105°F) on July 25. 
  • France saw its hottest June day on June 26 with an average high of 94.8°F (34.8°C).
    • France also broke its all-time record of 44.1°C (111.4°F) on June 28 as the temperature rose to 44.3°C (111.7°F) in Carpentras.
  • Germany broke its record of 41.5°C (106.7°F) on July 25, according to the German Weather Service, and reported by DPA News.
  • Kenya saw its highest April temperature on April 20 in Mandera, which hit 41.6ºC (106.88ºF).
  • The Netherlands broke its all-time record on July 25 at 4o.4°C (104.7°F).
  • Poland and Germany each set a new respective June temperature record.
  • Russia set its hottest May temperature on record in Yelabuga at 32.9ºC (91.22ºF) on May 13.
  • Vietnam broke its record for hottest May temperature on May 20 at 42.8ºC (109.04ºF) in Con Cuông.

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