According to statistics from two climate monitoring organizations that span several decades, this week witnessed the highest global temperature ever observed.


The highest average global temperature recorded by the US National Centers for Environmental Prediction, whose records date back to 1979, occurred on Monday at 17.01 degrees Celsius (62.62 degrees Fahrenheit).


The global temperature reached a record-high of 17.18 degrees Celsius on Tuesday and stayed there on Wednesday.


16.92 degrees Celsius, the previous high, was recorded in August 2016.


The readings this week are likely the warmest in “at least 100,000 years,” according to senior scientist Jennifer Francis.