It’s getting hot in here. Indeed too hot. So take off all your winter clothes. We are no closer rapping like Nelly, but reality is February turned out to be an unusual one. Forecasters said Albania shattered heat records for the winter month. Temperatures in Tirana at the start of the week peaked at 27 Degree Celsius while in the mountainous areas, they capped above 21 Degrees Celsius. For the forecasters this is a little summer in the middle of winter, with temperatures way above normal.
The warming is expected to ease into this week, but unseasonably warm conditions will still persist. The daily high temperature is expected to fall to 17- 18 Degrees. So some rain is set for midweek. But before you prep your umbrella you have to read this. Scientists say this year is set up to be a hot, hot one. The heat comes courtesy of a continuous high pressure wave coming from Africa.
But wait a minute, wasn’t last year supposed to be the hottest year on record for the globe. Looks like not. According to NASA January has registered the highest temperatures since forever and with February feeling like summer, we have to brace ourselves for March and wait for what kind of summer we will going to have.
With January off to record heat, it reinforces the likelihood that 2016 could be yet another record-setting year. The U.K. Met Office has already released its forecast for 2016. It expects the globe to “be at least as warm, if not warmer” than 2015, according to Chris Folland, a Met Office research fellow.
If 2016 sets another global temperature record that would make it a first of back-to-back-to-back years of record setting hot temperatures. That’s never happened before.
Global heat is somewhat a symptom of El Niño. The climate phenomenon of warm water in the eastern tropical Pacific might have passed its peak, but is still providing a little boost to global temperatures. The big driver, though, is human-caused climate change, according to a Climate Central analysis.
And regardless of whether 2016 sets a record or not, some scientists think the world has stepped up to a new period of global warming. That doesn’t mean every year will set a record, but “it seems to me quite likely that we have taken the next step up to a new level,” National Center for Atmospheric Research climate scientist Kevin Trenberth told Climate Central last month.
Albania, as the rest of the world experienced unusually hot temperatures last year, reaching record high, especially on July. According to the MeteoAlb data, provided by AgroWeb, the summer 2015, compared to the typical Albanian summer was definitely much hotter. It can be compared to the summer of 2003, 2007 and 2012, which have been classified as very hot summers in the region and also in Europe. During these years (2003, 2007, 2012) daily temperatures reached a maximum of 41°C, while during 2015 the summer registered maximum daily temperatures of 42 °C, in the shadow, measured according to world standards for meteorological measurements. In bare land or asphalt, temperatures reached 42°C.
High temperature and drought as rainfalls have a direct on farmers and their produce. According to a World Bank, Agriculture in Albania is one of the most climate-sensitive of all economic sectors, and without a clear plan for aligning agricultural policies with climate change; the livelihoods of rural populations are at risk. Due to climate change, some areas will continue running into extreme weather like heat or hail. The unexpected year to year weather condition can jeopardize the whole sector and have its effects on the economy, which in turn could not be that hot.