2024 poised to become hottest year on record

June 2024 was the hottest June ever recorded, according to the European Union’s climate-monitoring service. This marks a continuation of unprecedented temperature increases that have temporarily pushed global temperatures above the 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold set by the Paris Agreement.

The European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) released these findings in their monthly bulletin on Monday, July 8.

Preliminary data indicate that 2024 is on track to surpass 2023 as the hottest year in recorded history. This trend is attributed to both anthropogenic climate change and the natural El Niño weather phenomenon, which have collectively driven temperatures to unprecedented levels, scientists noted.

June witnessed deadly heatwaves in various regions, including Saudi Arabia and Greece.

C3S reported that for the 12 months ending in June, the global average temperature was the highest on record for any such period, standing at 1.65 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average from 1850-1900.