Farmers are seeing firsthand the damage drought is causing to their crops.
Last month was one of the hottest Julys on record around the world, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a specialized UN agency based in Geneva, said on Tuesday.
The world has just experienced one of the three hottest Julys on record. And of course, as we all know, a very prolonged and very intense heat wave has affected parts of Europe, WMO spokesperson Clare Nullis said at a press conference.
In a press release, WMO, citing data from the Copernicus Service on climate change, explains that the past month will have been slightly warmer. colder than July 2019, but slightly warmer than July 2016.
But the difference between these three months is really very small, said Ms. Nullis. The deviation is less than the margin of error.
Overall, the temperature recorded over the past month was 0.4°C higher than the temperature recorded in July during the reference period 1991-2020.
And this, despite the presence of the natural phenomenon La Niña, which, according to the organization, is supposed to have a cooling effect.
Last month, the WMO called for leaders to be aware of heat waves like the one Europe is currently experiencing, which are set to become more frequent due to climate change at least into the the 2060s.
Recently, fires in California forced the evacuation of people living in the surrounding area.
According to this source, July 2022 did not make it to the top of the podium, as some regions of the world recorded below average temperatures along the western Indian Ocean – Horn of the Sea area. #x27;Africa south to India, over much of Central Asia as well as most of Australia.
Beyond the heat wave, some regions of the world are experiencing severe drought. According to the WMO, July was drier than average in much of Europe, most of North America, large parts of South America , Central Asia and Australia.
In contrast, wetter than average conditions were recorded in eastern Russia, in northern China and over a wide swath stretching from eastern Africa to northwest India through Asia.