Temperature readings in the tropics rose in May for the second month in a row, marking the third month of record-breaking temperatures in the southern hemisphere.
Temperatures in May in the U.S. were about 4 degrees higher than the 20th-century average and 1 degree higher than average in the contiguous United States.
“The world is seeing a pattern that we can’t easily make up one mind about,” said Robyn Williams, the head of the Climate Prediction Center in Florida, whose team monitors temperature trends in the United States and across the globe.
“We’re seeing temperatures increasing at a rapid pace.”
In May, the U and European Union agreed to a global deal on reducing carbon emissions that was meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and vehicles.
But in May, while the U-N deal was being negotiated, temperatures rose 3 degrees above the 20-year average.
“I’m not quite sure how that happened,” Williams said.
“Maybe it was just a freak weather event, or maybe it was the U/EU agreement and they didn’t expect it to get this hot.
We don’t know yet.”
The warm air and a strong El Niño caused by El Nino has fueled a massive heat wave across the U, with record-setting heat records being set across the South, Northeast, Midwest and Northeast, including in many parts of the Midwest and South.
“This is the most powerful El NINO in a long time,” Williams told reporters at a news conference in Miami.
“It’s been the hottest year on record in the South. This El Nío event is now having an effect in the Midwest.”
Heat is expected to continue through the week as El Ninos continue to warm the air, and Williams said the heat wave could continue through at least the weekend.
In addition to the heat, the El Niro has produced more than 100,000 tornadoes across the Midwest, according to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
More than 3,600 people were injured in Iowa on May 17, the deadliest tornado outbreak in U. S. history, according the National Hurricane Center in Miami, South Carolina.
Weather in the Southeast and Great Lakes states has been particularly intense.
At one point, the National Park Service was warning people to stay inside, but it has since lifted that restriction.
“In some places we’re seeing a very significant increase in tornadoes and flooding, and we’re expecting to see more,” Williams added.
In Florida, where the record-high temperatures were recorded, the average temperature has been a little over 32 degrees, according a National Weather Forecast released on May 19.
In June, a record-low temperature was recorded in Lakeland, Florida, the most water in two decades.
“A lot of these things have been happening at the same time,” said Mark Condon, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Coral Gables, Florida.
“But you’re seeing this combination of warmer temperatures and a lot of tornadoes that have been moving north-northwest over the last week.”
At the National Parks Service in Denver, the heatwave has forced the closure of public beaches, with thousands of people leaving the beaches due to the high water.
In the Southern United States, temperatures in Miami were more than 4 degrees above average, and 3 degrees below average in New Orleans.
The city of Miami had temperatures over 40 degrees in May.
A temperature of 30 degrees or above was recorded near the town of Orlando, Florida on May 23.
“You’ve got a lot going on here, which has to do with a lot more things that are happening at once,” Condon said.
The warm weather has caused some of the worst flooding in the world.
In May of last year, the city of Boston experienced more than 3 feet of rain and at least 10 inches of snow.
“These extreme events, the fact that they are occurring at the very top of the climatological range and at the extreme, they are not something that people would have predicted,” Cordon said.
Williams said this combination has helped to raise the temperature of the oceans, where heat is a key driver of sea level rise.
“What we’re hearing is the sea level is rising,” she said.
But the oceans are also experiencing extreme weather.
In mid-May, a major storm hit the Us. and the Pacific Ocean, causing severe flooding and damaging storms that killed dozens of people in the coastal area of Oregon, New Mexico and California.
The storms and floods killed more than 1,000 people and caused more than $10 billion in property damage.
“There is a new type of storm in town that’s getting more frequent and damaging,” Williams explained.
“And the storm has moved away from our coastlines and into the ocean and we are now seeing more of that storm.”