2015 may have seen the hottest summer in over 4,000 years – report

  • The summer months of 2015 has seen the warmest ever since recording began in 1880
  • Seven of the past nine months have broken records in warmest temperatures
  • A meteorologist believes 2015 will end up globally as the warmest year on record

This year’s summer months saw the hottest temperatures ever since instruments were used and records began more than 130 years ago, and probably the hottest Earth summer ever in more than 4,000 years.

This was according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which recorded the meteorological summer in June-July-August in Northern hemisphere at its highest globally averaged temperature  since recording began in 1880.

All but two of the past nine months have already broken global heat record, tying the year 1998 for the most record-breaking months, with July as warmest month of the year.

Last month also recorded the highest September temperatures for land and ocean surfaces across northeastern Africa, the Middle East, parts of Southeast Asia, and selected parts of North and South America. Only January and April failed to surpass records that goes back to 1880.

According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), September’s average temperature over land and ocean surfaces was 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the average for the 20th century.

Many scientists researching on climate phenomenon have suggested this year’s summer months as probably the hottest since Bronze Age.

Meteorologist David Hennen told CNN the strong El Niño phenomenon in the Pacific has continuously driven the unprecedented heat.

“We’re now five months in a row of record highs, and that will likely continue with El Niño forecast to last well into the spring,” Hennen explained.

However, there are still some regions which did not feel unusually high temperature such as in Southern South America, far western Canada, Alaska and some parts of central Asia. (Click here to read more)


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