In the United Arab Emirates it was 103 degrees – in November

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Meteorological winter is less than a month away, but you wouldn’t know about it in the United Arab Emirates. The country reached 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39 degrees Celsius) earlier in the week, a November record. Qatar, Oman and Iran too allegedly national records propagated.

In a region known for its heat, 103 degrees Fahrenheit is still a staggering record for November. Much of the Middle East bakes at temperatures that are about 6 degrees Celsius hotter than normal. Forecasts suggest that the heat could intensify a bit in the coming days, increasing the chances of further record drops.

The heat is a grim continuation of a trend that has become all too well known in the Middle East. This summer the temperatures in the region exceeded 125 degrees Fahrenheit (52 degrees Celsius), while in March a bubbling 112 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius). The latter set a historic temperature record in Kuwait in March.

News of the Middle East heatwave comes around the world towards the end of an already muggy year. A stunning one in the USA Heat wave in the Pacific Northwest broke records and Death Valley recorded the hottest temperature ever reliably recorded on earth. Other parts of the world were also scorched by the heat, some explosive forest fire season around the northern half of the globe.

Worldwide, July 2021 also marked the hottest month on record according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This sweaty weather is the calling card of the climate crisis. The world has warmed up more than 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius) since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution as the world relies on fossil fuel burning. This apparently small increase in the global average has tipped the chances in the direction of extreme heat that used to be rare or almost impossible. The Pacific Northwest heat wave, for example, was a 1-in-150,000-year event in pre-industrial times. But a sn analysis found that climate change made it a 1 in 1000 year event.

Unfortunately, dramatic heat waves and extreme weather events will continue and get worse. The latest Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that heat waves are now about five times more likely to happen once every 50 years, before humans pumped carbon pollution into the atmosphere – and they will become 14 times more likely if the world manages to raise global warming to maintain a level set in the Paris Agreement. As recently as this week, the World Meteorological Organization Approved his report on the state of the climate, predicting severe heat waves, is likely the new normal. Corresponding According to this report, the past seven years are the seven warmest on record.

Perhs therefore a survey guided published by Nature and found out this week that the majority of IPCC scientists said they expected catastrophic effects from greenhouse gas emissions within their lifetime. Six out of ten respondents said they expect the planet to warm by at least 3 degrees Celsius.