The nation’s main weather agency reported on Thursday that Japan had its warmest spring on record this year, which comes as greenhouse gas emissions and El Nino are sending temperatures surging around the world.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the average temperatures for the months of March, April, and May were higher by 1.59 degrees Celsius (34.9 degrees Fahrenheit) than normal.
That made this spring the warmest one recorded by that agency since they began keeping comparable records in the year 1898.
“Such record-level temperatures have become more frequent as a result of global warming, and it is anticipated that they will become even more common in the future as global warming continues,” the report stated.
The agency also noted that the average sea-surface temperatures for waters surrounding Japan over the same months were matched for the third-highest recorded since 1982.
The United Nations predicted one month ago that 2023-2027 would be the warmest five-year period ever recorded, and they are almost positive that this prediction will come true.
This is in part due to the increasing possibility that the meteorological phenomena known as El Nino will occur in the next months, which will accelerate overall increases in world temperature.
El Nino is a climate pattern that occurs naturally and is often connected with increasing heat all around the world, as well as drought in certain regions of the world and heavy rainfall in other parts. The most recent occurrence of El Nino was in 2018-19.
According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) of the United Nations, there is also a two-thirds likelihood that at least one of the following five years will see global temperatures that exceed the more ambitious objective set out in the Paris accords on curbing climate change. This information was gleaned from an analysis that was conducted.
The nations of the world came to an agreement in Paris in 2015 to limit the rate of global warming to “well below” two degrees Celsius above the average levels estimated between 1850 and 1900, with a goal of 1.5C if that can be achieved.
The average temperature from 1850 to 1900 was 1.15 degrees Celsius lower than it was in 2022.
A significant portion of South and Southeast Asia has been sweltering through spring heatwaves as a result of global warming’s exacerbation of severe weather.
There has been a string of record-breaking temperatures across the region, and on Monday, the city of Shanghai saw its warmest May day in more than a century, exceeding the previous high temperature by one full degree.
Scientists believe that climate change is making it more likely that there will be intense rainfall in Japan and other parts of the world. This is because a warmer atmosphere can contain more water.
In 2021, heavy rain led to a deadly landslide that killed 27 people in the vacation town of Atami, which was located in the central region.
During the yearly rainy season in Japan, flooding and landslides claimed the lives of over 200 people in western Japan in 2018.
This year, the Group of Seven (G7) made a commitment to hasten the phase-out of fossil fuels that contribute to global warming. Japan is the current president of the G7.
However, the group of leading economies was unable to reach an agreement on any additional timelines regarding the elimination of polluting power sources like coal.