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The hottest day in 125,000 years: Record heat around the world is scaring scientists.

On July 3rd, the Earth’s average temperature was the hottest in over 100,000 years. Then Tuesday was hotter.

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A remarkable spate of historic heat is hitting the planet, raising alarm over looming extreme weather dangers — and an increasing likelihood this year will be Earth’s warmest on record,” reports Scott Dance of The Washington Post. “New precedents have been set in recent weeks and months, surprising some scientists with their swift evolution: Historically warm oceans, with North Atlantic temperatures already nearing their typical annual peak; unparalleled low sea ice levels around Antarctica, where global warming impacts had, until now, been slower to appear; and the planet experiencing its warmest June ever charted, according to new data. And then, on Monday came Earth’s hottest day in at least 125,000 years. Tuesday was hotter.”

It’s scaring scientists, and it can’t be blamed on “the onset of El Niño, the infamous climate pattern that reemerged last month,” Dance writes. “The hot conditions are developing too quickly, and across more of the planet, to be explained solely by El Niño. Records are falling around the globe many months ahead of the El Niño’s peak impact, which typically hits in December and sends global temperatures soaring for months to follow.”

Here are images from the Climate Reanalyzer at the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute:

Written by Al Cross. Cross-posted from the Rural Blog.

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Al Cross

Al Cross is director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and a professor at the University of Kentucky. He served as a political reporter and commentator at the Courier-Journal for 26 years.