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This week marked the warmest day ever recorded on Earth. Again and again, the benchmark will be surpassed.

According to the US National Centers for Environmental Prediction, this week saw the warmest worldwide temperature ever recorded.

On Monday, the average temperature of the entire planet hit 17.01 degrees Celsius (62.62 degrees Fahrenheit), a new high for recorded history. The temperature reached 17.18 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, a new record high for the day. The previous high temperature record was established in August of 2016 at 16.92 degrees Celsius.

Many times this year, the record might be broken, according to experts. In a tweet on Tuesday, Robert Rohde, the head scientist at Berkeley Earth, said that the world “may well have a few even warmer days in the next six weeks.”

The onset of El Nio, a natural climate phenomena with a warming influence, on top of climate change-fueled global warming, has resulted in the setting of a new global record, although a preliminary one.

It’s not a record to celebrate, and it won’t be a record for long, since most of the northern hemisphere summer is still to come and El Nio is getting stronger. Friederike Otto, a senior lecturer in climate science at the UK’s Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment

Already this year, extreme heat has shattered records all around the world, causing widespread devastation.

Late in June, a severe heat wave in the United States brought triple-digit temperatures and oppressive humidity to Texas and the South. Since March, record-breaking heat in Mexico has claimed the lives of at least 112.

At least 44 people died in the Indian state of Bihar due to the extreme heat. China has also been hit by multiple heat waves, and in a recent six-month period, the country recorded the most days with temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit).

The Met Office, the United Kingdom’s national weather office, reported that June 2018 was the hottest June since records began in 1884. With a monthly average of 15.8 degrees Celsius (60.4 degrees Fahrenheit), this month set a new record high by 0.9 degrees Celsius.

In addition to natural variability, the background warming of the Earth’s atmosphere due to human induced climate change has increased the likelihood of achieving record high temperatures, according to a statement by Paul Davies, principal fellow and chief meteorologist at the Met Office’s Climate Extremes Team.

Scientists agree that the frequency and severity of heat waves that break records will increase as the climate catastrophe worsens.

According to Otto, the new record high temperature for the planet should serve as yet another alarm bell. This proves that we can’t keep using fossil fuels any longer than absolutely necessary. For some people and ecosystems, today is merely a number, but for others, it is the end of life as they know it.

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