by Sonali Lalwani
The past two summers have produced record-breaking temperatures. The summer of 2015 and 2016 were the hottest records since 1850. According to Eco Watch, research shows that the reason for El Nino in the years of 2015 and 2016 is due to heat being transferred from the ocean to the atmosphere. Overall, temperatures have increased by “2.4 degrees Fahrenheit (1.3 degrees Celsius), warmer than the late 19th century” (Live Science). Moreover, because this has been a record-breaking temperature, it has also taken a toll on the Arctic making the ice melt, which has occurred for more than a decade. As the Arctic landscape changes, this will mean that there could be a shift in global temperatures.
The question is: what will happen this summer? It is predicted that the summer of 2017 will actually have stabilizing temperatures and not be as hot as 2015 or 2016. Though the summer will be hot and will continue the trend of warm temperatures it “is unlikely to continue the string of global record highs set in 2014, 2015, and (virtually certainly) 2016” (Eco Watch). So get up and grab your sunscreen to prepare for a hot summer!