Shanghai records hottest May day in 100 years : “At 13:09, the temperature at Xujiahui Station reached 36.1 °C (97 °F), breaking a 100-year-old record for the highest temperature in May,” read a post on the service’s official Weibo account.
Shanghai, China: Shanghai recorded its hottest May day in 100 years on Monday, the city’s meteorological service announced, completely smashing the previous high.
“At 13:09, the temperature at Xujiahui Station reached 36.1 °C (97 °F), breaking a 100-year-old record for the highest temperature in May,” read a post on the service’s official Weibo account.
Scientists say global warming is exacerbating extreme weather, with a recent report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warning that “every increase in global warming will intensify many more concurrent hazards”.
Later in the afternoon, the temperature at a metro station in central Shanghai climbed even higher to 36.7 degrees Celsius, the meteorological service for the eastern Chinese city said.
According to the weather service, this put it completely above the old record, 35.7°C, which was recorded four times before – in 1876, 1903, 1915 and 2018.
In May the United Nations warned that it is almost certain that 2023-2027 will be the warmest five-year period ever recorded, as greenhouse gases and El Niño combine to drive up temperatures.
The UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said there is a two-thirds chance that global temperatures will exceed the more ambitious target set in the Paris Agreement on limiting climate change in at least one of the next five years.
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