Gavin Schmidt, a top NASA climatologist, stated on Thursday that July 2023 will most likely be the world's hottest month...
July 2023 would most likely be the world's hottest month in "hundreds, if not thousands, of years," according to top NASA
climatologist Gavin Schmidt on Thursday.
According to systems managed by the European Union and the University of Maine, which incorporate ground and satellite data into models to provide early estimates, daily records have already been broken this month.
Though they differ significantly, the pattern of high heat is undeniable and will most certainly be mirrored in the more thorough monthly data provided later by US agencies, stated Schmidt during a NASA press conference.
"We are seeing unprecedented changes all over the world -- the heat waves in the United States, Europe, and China
are shattering records," he continued.
Even though El Nino is playing a minor effect, "what we're seeing is the overall warmth, pretty much everywhere, especially in the oceans. For months, we've been witnessing record-breaking sea surface temperatures, even outside of the tropics." He added.
What is happening now is increasing the likelihood that 2023 will be the warmest year on record, which Schmidt has assigned a "50-50 chance" based on his calculations, while he claimed other scientists had put it as high as 80 percent.
"However, we anticipate that 2024 will be an even warmer year because we'll be starting with that El Nino event that's currently building and will peak near the end of this year."
Schmidt's warnings come as the world has been ravaged by flames, dire health warnings, and broken temperature records in the last week.