All-time Hottest Temperature for the Eastern Hemisphere set last week

July 26th, 2016

Last Thursday, the all-time heat record for the Eastern Hemisphere of 54°C  was set in Kuwait. Some meteorologists suggest that it may even be the hottest verified temperature on the planet. Surprisingly, however, this story received very little mainstream media coverage.

The official record of the hottest temperature recorded on the planet is 56.7°C, recorded in Death Valley, California, on the 10th of July, 1910. Many modern meteorologists, such as Weather Underground meteorologist Christopher Burt, however, believe that the equipment and methods of the time were more prone to error than current technology, and there is evidence from nearby recording stations which suggests that the record is erroneous. This could make Thursday’s reading the world record, coming at a time when each month and year seems to break previous records for hottest average temperatures.

Indeed, last month was the 14th in a row to break the record for the hottest recorded temperatures for that month, a trend that has been going since April 2015. A significant factor in this phenomenon is the particularly powerful El Niño that was taking place over the period, warming ocean waters and shifting atmospheric conditions on a global scale. But the effects of El Niño are no longer present, and the influence of global warming is clear, according to NASA’s Gavin Schmidt. “While the El Niño event in the tropical Pacific this winter gave a boost to global temperatures from October onwards, it is the underlying trend which is producing these record numbers,” he said. Perhaps it is against this backdrop of continuous and hence, almost unsurprising, record-breaking high temperatures that left this significant climactic event go unnoticed.

[x_author title=”About the Author”]

Related Post
Ireland’s poor climate action performance continues
Sunset Over Earth Photo: Nasa

7 December 2020  While seeing a marginal improvement in its ranking, Ireland remains a low performer in the newest international Read more

The Government must adopt an “overarching” environmental policy

25 November 2020  The state must pursue a national environmental policy that incorporates the climate crisis, biodiversity loss and water Read more

Ireland’s climate likely to drastically change by 2050

18 September 2020  Ireland’s climate is set to look drastically different by mid-century, according to a new super-computer generated projection.  Read more

Warming climate poses ‘unprecedented threat’ to transport

February 28th, 2020 Transport infrastructure in Ireland is set to face unprecedented threats in a warming climate, according to a Read more