July May Be Hottest Month On Record, According to NASA Expert

Gavin Schmidt, top NASA Climatologist spoke about dire predictions for the planet's climates and on the recent heatstrokes worldwide.

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July 2023, which has already seen record temperatures and heatstrokes across the world is on track to now be the hottest month on record. Top NASA climatologist Gavin Schmidt said that it would be the hottest month in "hundreds, if not thousands, of years", while talking to press at a briefing on Thursday as reported by US Agencies.

July has already record consecutive hottest day records and the hottest week on record, according to official climate tracking tools run by both the European Union and the University of Maine. They combined satellite and ground data to note different records that July had already shattered. Schimdt added that this would be reflected more robustly in official data by US Agencies later in the month.

Schmidt's warnings come as the world has been buffeted by fires and brutal heatstrokes in the past weeks, in addition to broken temperature records. Speaking to press at a NASA briefing, he expounded further on the dire warnings being issued.

"We are seeing unprecedented changes all over the world -- the heat waves that we're seeing in the US in Europe and in China are demolishing records, left, right and center," he added.

What's more, the effects cannot be attributed solely to the El Nino weather pattern, which "has really only just emerged."

Though El Nino is playing a small role, "what we're seeing is the overall warmth, pretty much everywhere, particularly in the oceans. We've been seeing record-breaking sea surface temperatures, even outside of the tropics, for many months now.

"And we will anticipate that is going to continue, and the reason why we think that's going to continue, is because we continue to put greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere."

This comes amongst many other warnings and statements from top scientists world-wide on the rising impact of climate change, and expected worsening of conditions in the next couple of years. Schimdt also told reporters that there was a "50-50 chance" that 2023 would be the hottest year on record according to his calculations, and then added that they expected 2024 to be even warmer.