Red Hot Planet

Simulation of maximum temperatures on July 3 from American (GFS) weather model at two meters above the ground. (University of Maine Climate Reanalyzer)

Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the week

From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East, numerous locations in the Northern Hemisphere have witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over the past week.

Large areas of heat pressure or heat domes scattered around the hemisphere led to the sweltering temperatures.

No single record, in isolation, can be attributed to global warming. But collectively, these heat records are consistent with the kind of extremes we expect to see increase in a warming world.

Let’s take a tour around the world of the recent hot-weather milestones.

Denver tied its all-time high-temperature record of 105 degrees on June 28.

Montreal recorded its highest temperature in recorded history, dating back 147 years, of 97.9 degrees (36.6 Celsius) on July 2. The city also posted its most extreme midnight combination of heat and humidity.

Several locations in southern Russia topped or matched their warmest June temperatures on record on the 28th.

As we reported, Quriyat, Oman, posted the world’s hottest low temperature ever recorded on June 28: 109 degrees (42.6 Celsius).

In April, Pakistan posted the hottest temperature ever observed on Earth during the month of 122.4 degrees (50.2 Celsius).

Dallas had never hit 90 degrees in November before, but it did so three times in four days in 2017.

In late July 2017, Shanghai registered its highest temperature in recorded history, 105.6 degrees (40.9 Celsius).

In July 2017, Death Valley, Calif., endured the hottest month recorded on Earth.

Washington Post

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