Climate: World Now Sees Twice As Many 50 Celsius Days

Report by BBC News finds there are now twice as many days where the temperature exceeds 50 Celsius.

Analysis by the BBC found that between 1980 and 2009, the number of days reaching 50 Celsius in different parts of the world climbed to 14.

Not only was this temperature being consistently met, but it was measured in unfamiliar places. In Italy, record heat of 48.8 Celsius rocked the country causing drought and water scarcity.

Meanwhile in Canada, the summer recorded more than 130 deaths linked to record heat that climbed as high as 49.6 Celsius.

In Siberia, wildfires linked to anthropogenic climate change have been out of control. Temperatures reached 38 Celsius, the highest daily maximum ever recorded in the Arctic. Writing earlier this year, Dr Friederike Otto, associate director of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford detailed in a report the following: “without human influence the temperatures widely experienced in Siberia in the first half of 2020 would have been practically impossible.”

Commenting on the BBC report she said: “The increase can be 100% attributed to the burning of fossil fuels,”

Another climate researcher, Dr Sihan Li from the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford says: “We need to act quickly. The faster we cut our emissions, the better off we’ll all be.”

“With continued emissions and lack of action, not only will these extreme heat events become more severe and more frequent, but emergency response and recovery will become more challenging”

World record temperatures in Iraq, Kuwait, Pakistan, South Korea, Mexico and the United States all surpassed 50 Celsius within the last 5 years. In Europe, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Spain all exceeded temperatures of 40 Celsius during the past two years.