July 2023 was hottest in 120 000 years

July 2023 was hottest in 120 000 years

August 01, 2023

Experts do not rule out that a climate crisis is coming.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Experts from the Copernicus climate change service believe that July 2023 was the hottest in the last 120 000 years. The data are obtained from tree cuts ring studies, coral reefs, and deep sea sediment samples.

Dr. Carsten Hausstein, a climatologist from the University of Leipzig, came to the same conclusion. He recalled that in those days trees grew in the Arctic, the level of the World Ocean was eight meters higher, and hippos lived in the north of Europe.

Weather in Europe

From abnormally high temperatures affected primarily the Mediterranean states: Spain, Greece, Italy. The thermometers showed over 45 degrees there. Roman Vilfand, director of the Hydrometeorological Center, told NEWS.ru that the heat was caused by a powerful anticyclone that originated in the Sahara and moved to Europe. The heat caused large-scale fires in the forests.

Weather in Russia

In Taimyr, July was also atypical. First, uncharacteristic thunderstorms and downpours hit the territory, and the end of the month became abnormally hot. The air warmed up to a temperature of over 30 degrees.

In many other regions of the country, there were heavy showers in July. Vilfand explained that the heat in Europe is not related to the weather in Russia: a dozen cyclones and half a dozen anticyclones operate simultaneously in the Northern Hemisphere.

Many experts called what is happening a climate crisis. UN Secretary-General António Guterres predicted even more extreme climate challenges in the near future – an “epoch of global boiling”.

Previously, it was predicted that the Arctic would experience five years of heat. Climatologists believe that it will shower more often in the mountains of the Northern Hemisphere. And scientists have tested a film to protect glaciers from melting.

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Text: Anzhelika Stepanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

August 01, 2023

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