It was the hottest August ever recorded in a year of climate extremes

According to climate data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which goes back 174 years, last month was the hottest August ever recorded. Sea ice extent hit a record low for all Augusts on record. Global sea surface temperatures were the highest for any August on record. The three-month period from June to August was also the hottest ever for that stretch.

Scientists believe there are several reasons why extreme temperature records were set in 2023, including:

  • The presence of global marine heat waves
  • The El Niño weather pattern

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