Climate Change: Record Northern Heat, Fuels Concerns Over US Wildfire Destruction

The northern hemisphere experienced its warmest August ever, the World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday, amid searing conditions that have contributed to devastating wildfires on the west coast of the United States. Data indicates that from June to August, temperatures were 2.11 degrees Fahrenheit (1.17 degrees Celsius) above average. At a global level, August was the second warmest on record, the WMO spokesperson added, citing NOAA data, at 1.69F (0.94C) above the 20th-century average of 60.1F (15.6C). The 2020 fire season on the west coast of the US has also been record-breaking in its scale, with some 16,0000 firefighters involved in the effort to protect people and towns in California alone. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is so active that it is expected to exhaust the regular list of storm names, the WMO spokesperson said. “If this happens, the Greek alphabet will be used for only the second time on record,” she added.

By UN News. September 15, 2020.

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