September set a new temperature record, half a degree above the previous record from 2020, and 0.93 degrees higher than the average of the last three decades, according to the latest data from the European climate change service Copernicus.
From extreme summer to hot autumn… July, August and September have set three consecutive records and 2023 is on track to become the warmest year ever recorded, ahead of 2016. October has also started with record temperatures in Spain and much of Europe.
“What has happened in the last month has left me absolutely perplexed, in my opinion by a climate scientist,” he wrote in Twitter/XZeke Hausfather, analyst for Berkeley Earth and Carbon Brief, who highlights the combined impact of climate change with the natural warming phenomenon in the Pacific known as El Niño.
“The unprecedented temperatures observed in September, after a record summer, have exceeded the maximums set until this year in an extraordinary way,” he acknowledged. Samantha Burgessdeputy director of the Copernicus programme.
The average temperature in September was in fact 1.75 degrees higher than that estimated for the same dates in the pre-industrial period. The specific data from the last month has created concern among scientists, although the global increase in temperatures is currently estimated at 1.1 and 1.2 degrees.