Heat records tumble globally

15 Jul, 2015 09:28 AM
Worldwide temperatures are on a warming trend

LAST month was the hottest June on record by a wide margin, according to Japan's Meteorological Agency, increasing the likelihood that 2015 will also be the warmest year.

Global surface temperatures were 0.41 degrees above the 1981-2010 average in June, the largest such anomaly in records going back to 1891, according to preliminary data from the state agency.

The previous warmest June came just last year, when the departure from the long-run average was 0.33 degrees, indicating a sizeable jump in 2015.

Worldwide temperatures are on a warming trend as increased greenhouse gas levels trap more of the solar radiation. A global summit in Paris set for late this year will seek to limit that warming – and the potential for dangerous climate change – to less than two degrees compared with pre-industrial times.

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  • The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last month that May and the first five months of 2015 were the hottest on record.

    Along with the background warming, the El Nino in the Pacific is giving temperatures an extra kick higher. A near-El Nino in 2014 helped make that year the hottest on record and a full-blown event this year suggests that 2015 will set a new record for global surface temperatures.

    El Ninos typically lift global temperatures by 0.1-0.2 degrees as circulation changes in the Pacific mean the ocean takes up less of the heat from the atmosphere and can even give some of it back.

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    15/07/2015 2:50:26 PM

    Sit back everyone and once again be entertained by the science denying collective as they grapple with these findings. Be particularly entertained by the religious far right who refuse to accept the evidence of human influenced global warming.
    15/07/2015 3:53:46 PM

    When will those with the most to loose stop supporting pointless Political Parties that are bereft of the comprehension of Science about Climate Change. Additional point the physics of the warming Poles has slowed the thermodynamics of the currents that drive our Weather systems, this will cripple Agriculture and drive many more refugees to our shores. Time will resolve the deliberate mess caused by the LNP but it is likely an embarrassing delay that Australia should never have embarked on.
    15/07/2015 3:55:11 PM

    If this year doesn't exceed 1998 by a wide margin, the theory is proved wrong.
    15/07/2015 5:15:12 PM

    Sit back everyone and once again be entertained by the science denying alarmists as they try to scare you with horror stories. Be particularly entertained by the far left who refuse to accept that many things may cause global warming and that any global warming we have had is good and global cooling is far worse.
    Ted O'Brien.
    15/07/2015 6:50:07 PM

    So Japan's Meteorological Agency is now the warmist place on Earth.
    Michael B
    16/07/2015 6:10:16 AM

    Agreed Steve, cant wait for Max and his brethren to have a go. Won't be long!!
    16/07/2015 10:00:10 AM

    Ah Michael B, more words of wisdom there I see. I'm posting this while trying to keep warm by a nice wood fire which hopefully is pumping out plenty of CO2 because much more is needed out there in the atmosphere to do the warming job that the AGW theory is so far failing at. Warmist year on record is what they will come up with. Trouble is the agencies that put out this record garbage then come out later very quietly and change the information hoping that no one will notice. BoM have done it, NOAA have done it, but the foolish believers still blindly follow.
    16/07/2015 10:46:56 AM

    This is very good news , global warming is good. We all love the warmth and benefits that global warming brings. I can't believe that anyone with half a brain would want the opposite which is global cooling. Global warming and higher atmospheric CO2 rates bring better growing conditions for food crops. Global cooling brings worse conditions for growing food along with famine. People who don't like global warming and higher CO2 rates are people who must like failed crops and less food on the table. Stop complaining about the climate being warm , start praying the climate does not cool.
    16/07/2015 12:17:49 PM

    Spot on Gumtree.
    17/07/2015 7:58:24 AM

    Spot on QLDer , and it hasn't and it wont.
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