September 2020 was the world's hottest month so far in recorded history

September this year was 0.05 degrees Celsius warmer than September 2019 and 0.08 degrees Celsius warmer than the same month in 2016.

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Last month, that is, September 2020, has become the hottest ever month recorded in global history so far, stated the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service. September this year was 0.05 degrees Celsius warmer than September 2019 and 0.08 degrees Celsius warmer than the same month in 2016, states the report by the Climate Change Service.

September 2019 and September 2016 were the previous warmest temperatures respectively. "Temperatures were well above average in many regions across the globe, including off the coast of northern Siberia, in the Middle East, in parts of South America and Australia. Cooler than average conditions marked the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean, consistent with the ongoing La Niña event," states the report.



Climate change and rising temperatures have led to some alarmingly dangerous events occurring globally this year, especially in the last couple of months. As Indie Journal had reported at that time, large ice shelves from the Arctic have collapsed this year, owing to a warmer summer. “September 2020 continues a run of months in which large parts of Siberia have had considerably above average temperatures. It was also generally warmer than usual over the Arctic Ocean as a whole,” the Copernicus Climate Change Service report states.  

September was warmer than usual, recording the warmest month ever in some parts, all across the world this year. As the report goes on to add, “September 2020 was extremely warm in the Middle East. New high temperature records were reported for Turkey,  Israel and Jordan. Parts of North Africa and Tibet also had much above-average temperatures for the month. Temperatures over western North America continued to be much higher than average: maximum daytime values reached 49 degrees Celsius in Los Angeles County early in September. Record high temperatures were reported late in the month for Paraguay and southern Brazil. It was Australia’s second warmest September on record, after 2013.” Several western states of the USA like California, Oregon have also been battling large wildfires since the month of September.

“We have been saying this for decades – more and more greenhouse gases will lead to more and more warming. “One degree of heating is dangerous for some people, as we've seen,” he said. “Two degrees is more dangerous still, and three degrees even more dangerous. We really don’t want to find out what that’ll be like," Ed Hawkins, from Reading University, told BBC News in this regard.  

"Air temperatures remained relatively high over the north-eastern Pacific Ocean and over the ocean east of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and Japan. Marine air temperatures elsewhere were largely above the 1981-2010 average," the Copernicus data shows. It also adds that globally, the twelve-month period from October 2019 to September 2020 was 0.65 degrees Celsius warmer than the 1981-2010 average.