You probably enjoyed the warm weather in April, and for a good reason too, it’s been the warmest April month ever recorded in history! To add to the fact, it’s also the seventh month in a row to break global temperature records.
April absolutely smashed the previous April record by the largest surplus ever recorded.
For the last three months, each month have broken the previous records by large margins. And for the last seven months the temperatures have all been at least 1 Celsius above average. It wasn’t until February earlier this year that scientists began treating this warm weather as a “climate emergency”.
Nasa released some figures that show that both the temperature of the sea and the land was about 1.11C warmer than any year recorded in history.
All assured, we can expect 2016 to be one of the hottest year ever recorded (99% that it will happen according Gavin Schmidt).
With Apr update, 2016 still > 99% likely to be a new record (assuming historical ytd/ann patterns valid). pic.twitter.com/GTN9sPL2D7
— Gavin Schmidt (@ClimateOfGavin) 14 maj 2016
The current warmth we’ve been feeling all over the globe is the after math of a massive “El Niño“, which is a release of warm water in the Pacific ocean. Thing is that this El Niño is not the biggest recorded in history, meaning these temperatures records are not caused by warm water rather by global warming.
The director of ARC at the Climate System Science at the University of New Soutj Wales says: “The interesting thing is the scale at which we’re breaking records, it’s clearly all heading in the wrong direction. Climate scientists have been warning about this since at least the 1980s. And it’s been bloody obvious since the 2000s. So where’s the surprise?”
These high temperatures have been wreaking havoc on ecosystems all around the world. They actually started the third recorded global coral bleaching. 93% of the coral reefs in Austraila have all been affected by the bleaching. If this trend continues we can except to have coral reefs gone in a couple of years, if note even less.