Devon Experiences Unprecedented Rise in Sea Temperatures

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Sea temperatures in Devon are currently at unprecedented levels for June. Since 2019 sea temperatures have risen in Devon year on year but only by less than a degree each time, reports Devon Live.

From 2019 to 2022, the average sea temperature rose from 14C to 15C in June. However, according to Sea Temperature Info, Devon is currently seeing some areas reach sea temperatures of nearly 18C.

Budleigh Salterton is currently the warmest place to swim with records showing a temperature of 17.9C. Teignmouth, Sidmouth and Shaldon are not far behind recording 17.8C.

Intense marine heat increases

According to the European Space Agency (ESA), the UK has seen some of the most intense marine heat increases on Earth. The Met Office recorded the highest-ever recorded global sea surface temperatures in April and May of this year. Records go as far back as 1850.

If sea temperature levels continue to rise it could have a detrimental impact on marine life, even killing off some species of fish and other sea life. So why has caused this sudden rise in temperature? It probably won’t surprise you to learn that the reason is partly human-caused climate change.

However, it is also believed there are other less-understood natural factors at play. Some researchers say the temperature rise does not mean Earth has passed some kind of climate tipping-point.

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Source: Devon Live


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