Stats show just how hot summer was, locally and globally

Temperatures in Gainesville this summer were almost two degrees above normal for two of the three months.

The National Weather Service’s (NWS) climate summaries for July and August show each with average highs that were 1.8 degrees above normal. June, on the other hand, was 2.2. degrees cooler than usual.

These statistics come one day after the European Union Climate Change Service released a report declaring that this summer was the Earth’s hottest on record.

The three-month period from June through August surpassed previous records by a large margin, with an average temperature of 16.8 degrees Celsius (62.2F) – 0.66C above average.

Last month was the also the hottest August on record globally, the third straight month in a row to set such a record following the hottest ever June and July, the EU said on Wednesday.

August is estimated to have been around 1.5 degrees Celsius hotter than the pre-industrial average for the 1850-1900 period. Pursuing efforts to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius is a central pledge of the Paris international climate change agreement adopted by 196 countries in 2015.

July 2023 remains the hottest month ever recorded, while August’s record makes the northern hemisphere’s summer the hottest since records began in 1940.

(SRN NEWS AND Reuters contributed to this report.)