July was the hottest month in Earth`s hottest year on record so far

Baku, August 21, AZERTAC

For planet Earth, no other month was as hot as this past July in records that date back to the late 1800s, NOAA says. And the globe is well on its way to having its hottest year on record, according to

NOAA, NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) have published data that show that it was the hottest July on record. Since July is on average the planet`s hottest month, temperatures this past month likely reached their highest point in the history of instrumental records. NOAA calculates that July's average global temperature of 61.86 degrees was 0.14 degrees warmer than the previous warmest month on record, July 1988.

NASA`s map of July temperatures shows the planet lit up in orange and red, signifying vast areas covered by above-normal warmth.

NASA`s map also reveals the telltale signature of the powerful El Nino event, portrayed by the much-warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures in the eastern and central tropical Pacific.

Similarly, every month this year has ranked among the top four warmest in NASA`s analysis, including back-to-back warmest months on record in June and July.

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