Canada expected to break heat records for third day in a row

By Jaime Pulfer

Some experts say 2023 could go down as the hottest year on record.

This comes as the global temperature is expected to break records for the third day in a row.

“1.38 C above pre-industrial levels is warmer than before we started burning fossil fuels. 9 out of the past 9 years have been the warmest on record and I think 2023 is going to make that 10 out of 10 without a doubt,” explained CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

The hottest day ever recorded now has an average global temperature of 17.18 C, which was Wednesday, surpassing another record-breaker which was on Monday at 17.01 C. Both of those temperatures broke the previous record which was set back in 2016.

These numbers are according to the Climate Re-analyzer Project, painting a very concerning picture.

“You can imagine the hottest day you’ve ever experienced in your life and that may be a typical summer day if we continue down this path,” said University of Pennsylvania earth and environmental science professor Michael Mann.

Another climate scientist out of the U.K. calls it a death sentence for people and ecosystems.

Read more: Monday may have set a global record for the hottest day ever. Tuesday broke it

Experts are blaming a combination of climate change and an emerging El Nino weather pattern, associated with a warmer-than-normal ocean surface.

So, what does that mean for this country?

Environment Canada senior climatologist Dave Philips tells the CBC, that we’re in for a winter that is warmer than normal; that doesn’t mean easier though, it means more inclement weather, pointing to Quebec’s devastating 1998 ice storm, which occurred during an El Nino year.

El Nino weather patterns typically hit every two to seven years, which coincides with the last time the world recorded its hottest day ever back in 2016.

Canada tends to feel the impact of El Nino in the winter and the spring.

But, it isn’t only our country feeling the heat — the U.S., China, North Africa, and South America, have also broken records this week.

New data out Thursday shows last month was the hottest June on record by a large margin.

“Five of the top 10 hottest Junes have also been this century, there’s records going back 140 years, so records are just going to tumble more frequently, that’s the easiest forecast to make,” said Alex Deacon, a meteorologist with the U.K. Met Office.

Experts explain that all of this data is evidence the Earth is heating up much faster than expected.

With files from Jaime Pulfer

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