“The reading is impressive as it’s only five years since the previous record was set and this is almost one degree centigrade higher,” James Renwick, a climate scientist at Victoria University of Wellington, told The Guardian. “It’s a sign of the warming that has been happening there that’s much faster than the global average.”

Not everyone is keen on the idea that today’s hot temperature is a sign of climate change, however. David Bromwich, a climate researcher at Ohio State University, told The Washington Post that this record seems more like a one-time “extreme event that doesn’t tell us anything.”

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