July was the hottest month ever recorded

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United States government scientists  confirmed that July was the hottest month on record, edging out the previous record-holder, July 2016.

The most unusual average temperatures took place in Alaska, western Canada and central Russia, where temperatures were at least 2 C warmer than average, according to NOAA. At the same time, despite powerful heat waves in Europe, the continent marked only the 15th-hottest July on record.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tallied up global land and sea temperature recordings from 2019’s seventh month and compared them to its 140-year data set, stretching back to 1880. The global average temperature for the month was 0.95 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average of 15.8 C. It was 0.03 C warmer than the previous record, set in July 2016.

The findings are in line with those of European scientists at the Copernicus Climate Change Service, who said earlier this month that July was higher than three years ago.

A punishing heat wave swept across Europe and then settled over Greenland, where it triggered hundreds of billions of tons of ice melt. Sea ice in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions reached 41-year lows as well, according to NOAA.

The agency tracks global temperatures on land and in the oceans. According to its experts, the period between January and July was the hottest to date in parts of North and South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the southern half of Africa.

Globally, the current year seems set to tie with 2017 as second hottest on record. While very warm, 2019 is unlikely to surpass the all-time heat record set by 2016.

 

Via NYT/ TIME/ DW

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