Published: Sat, August 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Independent data confirms July was Earth's hottest month since records began

Independent data confirms July was Earth's hottest month since records began

As climate scientists raise alarm over hotter and hotter global temperatures, a top US weather agency reported on Thursday that July 2019 was the hottest month the planet has ever experienced since the government began recording global temperatures almost 140 years ago.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says July was 0.95 degrees Celsius warmer than the 20th century average of 15.8C in that month.

According to NOAA's records, nine of the 10 hottest Julys on record have occurred since 2005 and last month was the 43rd consecutive July above the 20th-century average.

Ominously, Berkeley Earth found that July 2019 was 1.22C warmer than the 1850 to 1900 average, which is often used as the baseline for preindustrial temperatures. Arctic sea ice ebbed to a record low.

"July's record temperature underscores the unabated pace of global warming seen even more clearly in the long-term data over the past several decades", Climate Signals, a digital platform that maps the impacts of climate change, said in a statement.

The UK witnessed its hottest day ever on July 25 when temperatures hit 38.7C in Cambridge.

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June of this year had already set a sizzling record for that month over the past 140 years. NASA's records date back to 1880.

Alaska, Central Europe, northern and southwestern parts of Asia, and parts of Africa and Australia suffered the most intense departures from normal high temperatures, experiencing their hottest year to date.

Heat warnings slammed much of the eastern half of the US - from Kansas to OH and North Carolina to New Hampshire - last month.

While NOAA meteorologists are not expecting the overall 2019 global temperature to overtake the current record of 2016, this is a pretty worrying report, and the NOAA findings speak for themselves.

The strong El Niño accounted for the 2016 record, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at the time.

Average Antarctic sea ice was 4.3 percent below the 1981-2010 average, making it the smallest for July in the 41-year record. Such natural climate cycles feature warmer than average ocean temperatures that send extra heat into the atmosphere, boosting the planet's average temperature.

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