The Earth Heating Up Slowly: Hotter than the 20 Century

The Earth Heating Up Slowly: Hotter than the 20 Century

The highest temperature recorded since the 1880s when meteorological observations were first made

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Global temperature deviation distribution (Data provided by U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Global temperature deviation distribution (Data provided by U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] announced on the 23rd that the global average temperature from January to September this year was recorded as the highest in history.

The average temperature during this period was 0.85 degrees Celsius higher than that of the 20th century (1901–2000). It is the highest temperature recorded since the 1880s. The average global sea level temperature was 0.69 degrees Celsius higher than that of the 20th century and also the highest figure recorded since meteorological observations were first made. The average global land temperature was also 1.28 degrees Celsius higher than that of the 20th century, which is the highest figure recorded since meteorological observations were first made.

South Korea is no exception as the world becomes warmer and warmer. Korea Meteorological Administration [KMA] announced on the 26th that the average temperature of Korea from January to September this year was 0.7 degrees Celsius higher than the 14.1 degrees Celsius of other years (1981–2010); it was the 4th highest figure recorded since 1973 when the meteorological observations were first made.

It was in 1998 when the average temperature from January to September was the highest, and the 2nd highest was in 2007 and 2014. The average temperature for this year’s summer was similar to other years, but as the average temperature in May hit a record high since 1973, the average temperature of Korea this year has greatly increased.

Reporter Lee Seul[dew@newshankuk.com]