Earth just had its hottest summer in recorded history, data released Wednesday (Sept. 6) by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reveals.

June to August 2023 were the hottest months ever and are yet another sign that climate change is happening.

Global sea surface temperatures broke new records each consecutive month, while Antarctic sea ice extent remained at a record low for the current time of year.

Climate Change (Image: Tumisu/Pixabay)

Climate Change (Image: Tumisu/Pixabay)

“Our planet has just endured a season of simmering — the hottest summer on record,” U.N. secretary-general António Guterres said in a statement. “Climate breakdown has begun.”

The summer was characterized by relentless heat waves around the world. In July, numerous countries — including the U.S., Mexico, Spain and China — experienced national heat records, with over
200 heat-related deaths reported in Mexico alone.

Global sea-surface temperatures have been especially high over the past five months and remained at record-high levels throughout April, May, June and July 2023. In August 2023, the sea-surface temperature was 69.76 degrees Fahrenheit (20.98 degrees Celsius), surpassing the previous March 2016 heat record every single day that month.

“What we are observing, not only new extremes but the persistence of these record-breaking conditions and the impacts these have on both people and planet, are a clear consequence of the warming of the climate system,” Carlo Buontempo, director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service, said in the statement.

Read more: MSN

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