The Northern Hemisphere has witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded over the past week. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports the heat is to blame for at least 33 deaths in southern Quebec, mostly in and near Montreal, which endured record high temperatures.
In Northern Siberia, along with the coast of the Arctic Ocean – where weather observations are scarce – model analyses showed temperatures soaring 40 degrees Fahrenheit (22 Celsius) above normal on July 5, to over 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius).
“It is absolutely incredible and really one of the most intense heat events I’ve ever seen for so far north,” wrote meteorologist Nick Humphrey, who offers more detail on this extraordinary high-latitude hot spell on his blog.
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 the increase in a warming world.
Let’s take a tour around the world of the recent hot-weather milestones.
- Quriyat, Oman: 109 degrees Fahrenheit (42.6 Celsius) on June 28.
- Pakistan: During the month of April 122.4 degrees Fahrenheit (50.2 Celsius).
- Dallas: 90 degrees Fahrenheit in November, but it did so three times in four days in 2017.
- Southern California: In late October 2017, temperatures soared to 108 degrees Fahrenheit.
- San Francisco: 106 degrees Fahrenheit, on Sept. 1, 2017.
- Shanghai: 105.6 degrees Fahrenheit (40.9 Celsius) in late July 2017.
- Spain: 116.4 degrees Fahrenheit (46.9 Celsius).
- Death Valley, Calif: In July 2017, endured the hottest month recorded on Earth.
- Iran: 128.7 degrees Fahrenheit Fahrenheit (53.7 Celsius) — that country’s all-time hottest temperature.
- Turbat: Pakistan hit 128.3 degrees Fahrenheit (53.5 Celsius).
- Tbilisi, Georgia: On July 4, the capital city soared to 104.9 degrees Fahrenheit (40.5 Celsius), its all-time record.
- Yerevan, Armenia: On July 2, the capital city soared to 107.6 degrees Fahrenheit (42 Celsius).
- Glasgow: Hottest day on record, hitting 89.4 degrees Fahrenheit (31.9 Celsius).
- Ireland: June 28, Shannon hit 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius), its record.
- Northern Ireland, Belfast: hit 85.1 degrees Fahrenheit (29.5 Celsius) on June 28, its record.
- Castlederg: 86.2 degrees Fahrenheit (30.1 Celsius) on June 29, its record
- Denver: 105ºF (40.5 Celsius) on June 28.
- Mount Washington: 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 Celsius) on July 2.
- Burlington: 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26.6 Celsius) on July 2.
- Montreal: 97.9 degrees Fahrenheit (36.6 Celsius) on July 2.
We really don’t deserve this planet. Do you know? we have melted three trillion ice from Antarctica over the last 25 years.