NASA: August 2016 hottest August since record-keeping began in 1880s

NASA: August 2016 hottest August since record-keeping began in 1880s

A NASA report published on Monday, September 12 has revealed that last month (August) has set new, record-breaking global temperatures, exceeding past numbers. The US space agency researchers said that August 2016 was the hottest August, since scientists have started keeping a record of same in the 1880s.

According to reading taken using thermometers and other sources, the month was 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit hotter in comparison to the average August temperature in 1951 to 1980 period. The month was also 0.29 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than the second-hottest August recorded in 2014.

Besides, the study revealed that last month global temperatures were similar to that of July’s, hottest month ever documented. The US space agency said that August 2016 has marked the 11th consecutive month wherein monthly average temperature records have been broken.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimated that August 2016 will possibly be the 16th consecutive month of record-breaking temperatures. NOAA is going to release its own study of the global August temperatures in a week.

Climate scientists have warned that no matter how you measure, the present heat streak has put this year in the race to defeat last year as the hottest year recorded.

Besides, researchers mentioned that elevating temperatures have already been putting impact on different parts of the planet, affecting polar ice caps and resulting into overheated seafloors.

Previous reports have associated elevating temperatures to rise in sea levels that may speed up flooding along coasts. Experts said that the flood that ruined the state of Louisiana last month is only one of the examples.

Simultaneously, the Arctic areas’ ice has melted to the second-lowest extent documented, with open water likely to come in touch with the North Pole.

According to scientists, the warmth in the last couple of years has been prompted by human-induced climate change and pushed by the El Niño event, which has collapsed now.


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