Extreme Temperature Diary- Monday November 6th, 2023/Main Topic: Record Warmth Becomes Widespread Over Much of the Planet This Month

The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track planetary extreme, or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉

Main Topic: Record Warmth Becomes Widespread Over Much of the Planet This Month

Dear Diary. As the calendar flipped from October to November, I noticed that there was an uptick in record reports from Maximiliano Herrera. During October the man was busy compiling reports, but early this month the guy has become flabbergasted at the scope and breadth of record warmth occurring across the planet. Here is one such report:

Thankfully, most of the record warmth occurring across the Northern Hemisphere is not deadly heat. After all, it is late fall there now. Some across Australia is though, since early extreme summertime conditions are encompassing that Southern Hemisphere continent.

Here is a recent article from the Washington Post summarizing astounding record warmth from Asia the last few days:

Exceptional Asia heat demolishes national records for November – The Washington Post

Exceptional Asia heat demolishes national records for November

By Ian Livingston

Updated November 3, 2023 at 1:58 p.m. EDT|Published November 2, 2023 at 2:47 p.m. EDT

Records have been widespread in the Eastern Hemisphere the past couple days. (ClimateReanalyzer.org)

November opened with a slew of heat records from North Africa to East Asia as abnormal warmth swelled over the Eastern Hemisphere. The exceptional warmth is a recurring theme in 2023, which is poised to become the hottest year on record for the planet.

Thousands of calendar-day records have been set, and temperatures Wednesday and Thursday soared to the highest November level ever observed in at least eight countries: the Philippines, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Cyprus, Malta, South Korea, North Korea and Mongolia.

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High temperatures ranged from the low 70s in Mongolia to the mid-80s in Russia and up to nearly 100 in the Philippines. These temperatures were as much as 20 to 35 degrees above normal.

Between Wednesday and Thursday, 906 locations in China recorded their highest November temperatures on record. It’s “[t]he most extreme event in Chinese climatic history,” wrote weather historian Maximiliano Herrera on X, formerly Twitter.

On Friday, the focus of the heat moved into Japan, where more than a third of the country — over 300 stations — established November high temperature records. This includes some stations that date to the 1870s.

Many more records look set to fall over the next week.

Detailing some of the big records

Thursday midafternoon temperatures, as seen by the GFS weather model. (weathernerds.com)

Here’s how warm it was in the eight countries that saw their highest November temperatures on record either Wednesday or Thursday, according to a compilation posted to X by weather historian Thierry Goose:

  • Philippines: 99.3 degrees in Zamboanga on Wednesday
  • Tunisia: 97.5 degrees in Medenine on Wednesday
  • Bangladesh: 96.4 degrees in Sitakunda on Wednesday
  • Cyprus: 93.7 degrees in Kouris on Wednesday
  • Malta: 84.4 degrees in Luqa on Wednesday
  • South Korea: 84.4 degrees in Gangneung on Thursday (breaks the 83.1 degrees in Jeju set Wednesday)
  • North Korea: 81.1 degrees in Nampo on Thursday (breaks the 79.9 degrees in Wonsan set Wednesday)
  • Mongolia: 71.2 degrees in Khovsgol and Zamiin-Uud

Numerous big cities also set November high temperature records, including Seoul at 78.6 degrees, Dhaka, Bangladesh, at 93.7 degrees and Dubai with 100.6 degrees.

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While China’s November national high temperature record has yet to be broken, hundreds of calendar-day records have fallen at locations throughout the country. Daxing station, near Beijing, saw temperatures spike to 72.3 degrees at night, its warmest November temperature, according to local weather watcher Jim Yang.

In Japan, at least 122 stations set November high temperature records Thursday, including nighttime lows as warm as 86 degrees. With more than 300 more stations setting November record highs Friday, more than one-third of the country had seen its warmest November weather.

More warmth on the way

Forecast for Sunday night in the Koreas shows temperatures about 20 to 30 degrees above normal. (weatherbell.com)

Intense autumn heat is projected to persist through the weekend in East Asia, from Vietnam and Malaysia through China and into the Koreas. Somewhat cooler weather will follow into next week.

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But this cooler weather may elude Japan. Extreme warmth is expected to persist there through at least Tuesday and, by then, most of the country will have likely seen its warmest November weather on record.

It also appears that warmer-than-normal weather will return over much of central and southern China and to the south next week.

Why so warm?

Upper-level high pressure dominates the western Pacific Ocean into East Asia. (Tropical Tidbits)

Heat waves have affected Europe and Asia with regularity during 2023 because of frequent and unyielding zones of high pressure, or heat domes. The most persistent heat domes have focused near Japan and into East Asia, parts of the Middle East and North Africa, and then into Europe.

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Underneath these heat domes, sunshine is abundant and clouds and precipitation are scarce, a recipe for warmth. And, as the warm air dries out the land surface, it heats up faster in a vicious, self-reinforcing cycle.

Studies have shown that these heat domes are becoming larger and more frequent and intense because of human-caused climate change. This year, the warming of waters in the tropical Pacific Ocean associated with El Niño has added additional heat to the atmosphere.

By Ian Livingston Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank. Twitter

Here are more “ET’s” recorded from around the planet the last couple of days, their consequences, and some extreme temperature outlooks, as well as any extreme precipitation reports:

Here is some more new October 2023 climatology:

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