TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2020.-
The five hottest periods so far have been those of the last five years
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The northern hemisphere has recorded the warmest summer on record, with an average temperature between June and August 1.17 degrees higher than average, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported today with data from the US Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The brand surpasses the warmer summers, recorded in 2016 and 2019, WMO spokeswoman Clare Nullis, who also recalled that the five hottest periods so far have been those of the last five years, stressed at a press conference.
Globally, the month of August was the second warmest recorded, 0.94 degrees Celsius above the average of the twentieth century, of 15.6 degrees.
NOAA figures also reveal that every month of the last 35 years has shown at least nominally temperatures above the average of the 20th century.
The western United States, Europe, much of Russia, and southeastern China were the regions where the temperature was above average, WMO stressed, adding that heat has been a factor for a particularly destructive fire season in areas such as the west coast of the US.
WMO also noted, citing data from the US authorities, that the hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico is being so active that the list of names for these weather events could be exhausted and letters of the Greek alphabet should be used, something that had not happened since 2005.
Each year, the first hurricane of the year is named after A (Arthur this season), the second by the B, and so on.
The most recent hurricane, called Vicky, has been the twentieth, and after the W (Wilfred) the Greek alphabet (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, etc.) would already be used.
Nullis also recalled that on Monday the US National Hurricane Center warned about the formation of five cyclones in the Atlantic (Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy and Vicky), a number of potential simultaneous hurricanes that had not been observed since 1971.