On July 3, 2023, Earth experienced its hottest recorded day in history. The average global temperature soared to 62.62 degrees Fahrenheit, marking an unprecedented milestone. This data was gathered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Maine, measuring the average global air temperature two meters above the Earth's surface.
Before this record-breaking event, the previous hottest day on Earth was registered in July 2022 and August 2016 when the global temperature peaked at 62.46 degrees Fahrenheit. The significant increase in global temperatures can be attributed to recent heatwaves in the United States, Canada, and Europe, as well as the occurrence of El Niño. During El Niño events, sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean surpass the average levels. Although NOAA and the University of Maine's global temperature data extends back to 1979, researchers confidently assert that these readings are consistent with historical data from earlier periods. They are certain that this is the highest global temperature recorded since instrumental measurements commenced in the 1850s. Heat Wave Survival Tips Are you wondering how to stay safe during a heat wave? Need to find places in Texas where you can find respite from the heat? Follow these guidelines to protect yourself and stay cool. Tips:
Stay hydrated by drinking six to eight glasses of water daily. Don't wait until you feel thirsty.
Take regular breaks in cool areas with air conditioning or shade for at least two hours each day to help regulate your body temperature.
Dress in loose, light-colored clothing to stay comfortable.
Minimize physical exertion, especially during the hottest parts of the day.
Cool down by taking refreshing showers or baths, or using a damp towel.
Stay connected with loved ones, particularly older or vulnerable individuals, to check on their well-being.
Keep windows, curtains, and blinds closed when the sun is scorching outside.
Reduce the use of heat-generating appliances like stoves, ovens, dryers, televisions, and lights.
Places to Cool Off: During a heat wave, many public places may extend their opening hours. However, please check the schedule before you go, as some places may modify their hours or cancel outdoor activities due to smog-related air quality issues. You can visit the following locations to find relief from the heat:
Neighborhood parks, nature parks, and large parks
Boardwalk Bites' Food Truck for a refreshing fresh-squeezed lemonades or sweet tea.
Swimming pools, wading pools, mist stations, and play fountains
Symptoms to Watch For: If you experience the following symptoms, consult a healthcare professional:
Fatigue and exhaustion
Dry mouth indicating dehydration
If you have these symptoms along with a fever, it may be heatstroke, which requires immediate medical attention. Call 911 for prompt assistance. Caring for Your Loved Ones and Neighbors: Let's stand together during a heat wave. Take a few minutes regularly to check on the well-being of your loved ones and isolated individuals in your neighborhood. By doing so, you can contribute to minimizing the impacts of the heat wave.