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How Hot Was July? Scientists Say It Was The Hottest Month On Earth

August 15, 2019 - 6:16 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Scientists on Thursday confirmed that July was the hottest month on Earth since records began in 1880.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the global average temperature during the month of July was 62.1 degrees Fahrenheit. It was 0.05 degree higher than the previous record-holder, July 2016.

Scientists noted that July 2019 was also 1.7 degrees higher than the average for the 20th century.

Adding to the hotter month was a record shattering heatwave in Europe. Alaska also baked under extreme heat with Anchorage seeing 90 degree temperatures for the first time ever.

July's heat followed on the heels of what was the hottest June on record.

Scientists say the upward trend will likely continues because of human-related emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

NOAA notes that 2019 is currently tied with 2017 as the second hottest ever. They say 2016 remains the hottest year on record.