Climate alert: Planet Earth reaches new heat record for the tenth consecutive month

Washington – For the tenth consecutive month, the Earth set a new monthly heat record in March, with air and ocean temperatures reaching an all-time high for this month, the European Union's Copernicus program reported.

The month of March 2024 averaged 14.14 degrees Celsius (57.9 degrees Fahrenheit), exceeding the previous record from 2016 by a tenth of a degree, according to Copernicus data. And it was 3°F (1.68°C) warmer than the late 19th century, the baseline used for temperatures before the burning of fossil fuels began to rapidly increase.

Since last June, the planet has broken heat records every month, contributed to by marine heat waves in large areas of the oceans.

Scientists say the record heat during this time was not entirely surprising due to a strong The boya climate phenomenon that warms the central Pacific Ocean and changes global weather patterns.