“What really struck me is how widespread these anomalies have been in June and July,” said Prof Lindesay.
“To find that we have got these incredibly high temperatures exceeding expectations everywhere and breaking records everywhere across the northern hemisphere on every continent, that is extremely unusual. I have not seen this before to the extent and to the degree that it has happened on this occasion.”
NOT TOO LATE TO PREVENT CLIMATE CRISIS
Scientists are making it clear that human-induced climate change is to blame.
“These are all the extreme events that we expect to happen in a heating world, with global heating that has proceeded unchecked really for decades now,” said Prof Lindesay, adding that climatologists have been warning about such occurrences for a long time.
“We have spent many years sounding the warnings and finding that the actions taken by decision makers have not lived up to what has been necessary to ameliorate the emissions of greenhouse gases, which are behind all of this heating and the extreme events that are resulting much sooner than we had hoped.”