All-time hottest temperature records
Parts of the globe are experiencing “one of the most intense heat events ever seen”, according to climate scientists. Climate scientists are worried after several locations in the northern hemisphere saw record high temperatures over the past week.
Meteorologist Nick Humphrey said in a blog post that the extreme spell of hot weather amounted to “a true roasting”, writing: “It is absolutely incredible and really one of the most intense heat events I’ve ever seen for so far north.” The mercury hit 30.1C in Castlederg in Northern Ireland on June 29 – a new record – while temperatures in Tbilisi, Georgia, and Yerevan, Armenia, rose this week to 40.5C and 42C respectively.
Deaths linked to a heat wave in Canada’s Quebec province reached 33 on Thursday, health officials said after the region’s largest city Montreal recorded its record high of 36.6C on July 2. In the UK the heatwave pushed mean temperatures for last month up to 14.8C, making it provisionally the third warmest June since records began in 1910.
According to Humphrey, who interpreted a heat map from the University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer, even northern Siberia “has been getting blowtorched” with maximum temperatures of above 32C. Brits have been warned to expect ongoing high temperatures as it was announced the country is seeing the longest unbroken spell of hot weather since 1976.
This summer is expected to match the record set 42 years ago, where at least one weather station recorded over 28C for 18 consecutive days. The UK has so far enjoyed 12 days in a row of warm weather, with Brits flocking to parks, beaches and pub gardens to soak up the sun.