Updated 25/07/2023 17:47
Weather buoys in the bay off Florida’s south coast registered a water temperature of around 38.4 degrees Celsius on Monday. If the measurement is judged harmless, it will set a new world record for recorded sea surface temperature, according to local meteorologists. The waters of the southeastern states of the US are heating up to an unprecedented degree due to a very long heat wave.
The potentially record-breaking record occurred Monday afternoon local time from a sensor at a depth of about 1.5 meters in Manatee Bay in south Florida. The previous temperature reported by a buoy near Murray Key Island was about a degree lower. The highest seawater temperature recorded so far is by studies starting in 2020, a value of 37.6 degrees Celsius, which they measured in the Persian Gulf near Kuwait.
Reports of water temperatures well above 30 degrees have been hitting Florida for several days, while the area is experiencing a record-breaking heatwave. The New York Times last week write that swimming in the ocean these days is like diving into “bubbling thick syrup”. Scientist they warnedthat such developments could wipe out local coral populations.
The extreme temperatures in Florida waters are one of many effects of heat that have hit the southern United States for more than a month. The city of Miami has experienced comfortable temperatures for more than 40 straight days above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or nearly 38 degrees Celsius. The weather forecast promises such conditions for the rest of the week.
Also significantly affected were the states of Louisiana, Texas and Arizona, and continued in the city of Phoenix series with daily highs above 43 degrees that have lasted since the beginning of the month. The current heatwave is intensifying again, and above-average temperatures are expected to hit most of the US this week, including the North and Northeast. “Dangerous” conditions with temperatures above 39 degrees are expected in the region of 55 million people on Tuesday.
According to experts, more frequent and intense heat waves are caused by climate change, the engine of which is emissions from the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities. Heat is already America’s deadliest meteorological phenomenon, killing hundreds of people every year.
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