…Tuesday Was Hottest Day Ever, Breaking Record Set Just 24 Hours Earlier - Common Dreams

Data from the U.S. National Centers for Environmental Prediction shows that the average global temperature reached 17.01°C, or 62.62°F, on Monday—making it the hottest day ever recorded.

The record lasted just 24 hours.

On Tuesday, the global average temperature peaked at a new all-time high of 17.18°C as regions worldwide—from Asia to Africa to the U.S. South—reeled from dangerous heatwaves.

Earth’s hottest day came after the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) declared the onset of El Niño conditions, which are marked by warming surface waters in the Pacific.

Record temperatures and intensifying extreme weather, including an unprecedented wildfire season in Canada, come as world leaders are facing urgent calls to rein in fossil fuels—the primary driver of the global climate emergency—at the upcoming COP28 climate conference in the United Arab Emirates, one of the world’s top oil producers.

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Events: El Niño (Recurring) 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) 

Locations: Canada United Arab Emirates 

Organizations: United States National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) World Meteorological Organization (WMO) United Nations 

Tags: Extreme Heat Climate Change Fossil Fuel Fire 

Type: Headlines