Heat Alert: Scientists Predict Record Temperatures in Key Global Regions

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.04 - 2024 9:11 AM CET

Chinese meteorologists forecast unprecedented heatwaves in the Bay of Bengal, the Philippines, and the Caribbean Sea, with potential record-breaking global temperatures due to El Niño.

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Chinese scientists have identified three areas expected to face severe heatwaves this year: the Bay of Bengal, the Philippines, and the Caribbean Sea.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, a study by the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences suggests that the global average surface temperature could reach a new record by June.

El Niño, a significant climate phenomenon known for its global weather influence, plays a pivotal role here. Its effect, particularly in the Pacific tropics, is to elevate the average yearly temperature, leading to extreme heat.

The study indicates that with a moderate El Niño, temperatures in these regions could rise by more than 1°C above average. A strong El Niño could push this increase even further.

Such temperature rises threaten not just these areas but could also lead to unprecedented heat in places like Alaska, the Amazon, and the South China Sea. The world's average surface temperature is expected to hit new highs.

The researchers warn that these predictions underscore the urgent need for action to limit the effects of El Niño and combat global warming, aiming to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

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