Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Scorching July is World’s Hottest Month on Record

How temperatures across the globe differed from average in July 2016. (Credit: NASA) Click to Enlarge.
The reign of record hot months in 2016 continues, with last month claiming the title of hottest July on record globally, according to data released by NASA on Monday.  This July was also the hottest month on record for the world.

The streak means that 2016 is still well on its way to upsetting last year as the hottest year on record.  Or as Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, said on Twitter, there is still a 99 percent chance 2016 will take the top slot.

By NASA’s reckoning, July 2016 was 1.27˚F (0.84˚C) hotter than the 1951-1980 average.  It was 0.2˚F (0.11˚C) above July 2015, the next warmest July in records that go back to 1880. The record July heat also means this was the hottest month the planet has seen over the course of NASA's records.  That's because July is also generally the hottest month of the year due the fact that it's summer in the northern hemisphere where there's more land.

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