September was the hottest on record in the world – Reaching for Knowledge

Elevated heat globally contributed to wildfires in California and Australia.

It also helped fuel the hottest day on record: a scorching 130 ° F (54.4 ° C) in Death Valley.

And it had something to do with the torrential downpours that flooded the south of France with more than half a meter of rain in one day.

Météo-France, the meeting’s French office, said a downpour like this was expected once every 100 years; they had two in a month.

Samantha Burgess, Deputy Director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service, told BBC News: “Some of these events are extraordinary, although we must not create a false expectation that temperatures will rise year after year.

“Climate and weather are highly variable. But we predicted that these types of events would happen, given our effect on the climate. “

Weather records are always naturally broken, but meteorologists say some of the new extremes are disturbing them.

The UK is not immune. He enjoyed the sunniest spring on record; August saw a record number of days exceeding 34 ° C; and the city of Reading just endured its wettest 48 hour period.

Ed Hawkins from the University of Reading told us: “We have been saying this for decades: more and more greenhouse gases will lead to more and more warming.”

He warned that these events are being experienced with only one degree of global warming above the long-term average, while at current rates of decarbonization the world is heading toward three degrees.

“One degree of warming is dangerous for some people, as we have seen,” he said. “Two degrees is even more dangerous and three degrees even more dangerous. We really don’t want to know what that will be like. “

The records were released when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK would combat climate change by becoming the Saudi Arabia of wind power.

His speech was well received by environmentalists, but critics said he needed to back up his promises with policies and budgets.

With information from: BBC

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