It’s not just you: This year has been a scorcher. NASA is predicting 2016 is on track to becoming the warmest year on record, according to the Huffington Post. September was also the hottest September we’ve seen since modern record-keeping practices, making it the 11th record-breaking month in a row.
Even worse news? This sweltering heat could be our new normal by the year 2025.
A new study published in the Bulletin of American Meteorological Society points to carbon emissions – which come, in part, from deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels – as the cause.
“If we continue with business-as-usual emissions, extreme seasons will inevitably become the norm within decades,” said lead author Sophie Lewis.
There is some hope, though. Lewis added: “But if we reduce emissions drastically to the lowest pathway recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, then we will never enter a new normal state for extreme seasons at a regional level in the 21st Century.”