Published on: Jul 10, 2023 | Written by: Augustin Destrée
On the 4th of July the global temperature reached 17.18 degrees Celsius (62.92 degrees Fahrenheit). This rise in temperature can be accounted for by the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and El Nino patterns becoming more frequent. This July 4th had the hottest global temperature since records of the global temperature started to be recorded (1979) but using proxy data collected through tree rings and ice core we can tell that the last time the Earth was this hot was 125,000 years ago.
The 4th of July brought heatwaves across the U.S., North Africa, and China. 57 million people in America were exposed to dangerous heat, the temperatures in North Africa reached 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit), and China suffered from repeated heat waves. These effects from rising temperatures are bound to continue and become more severe if actions to minimize carbon emissions are not taken.