July Was the Hottest Month on Record
If you found things a bit warmer than usual last month, you weren’t alone. July 2016 was in fact the hottest month since record-keeping began in 1880, some 136 years ago.
The news comes from several agencies including NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which reported that July 2016 was 0.1° C warmer than previous records, which were set in July in 2015, 2011, and 2009. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that average temperature for the globe was 0.87° C above the 20th century average.
Scientists believe that the current year will also be the warmest on record as well.
“It wasn’t by the widest of margins, but July 2016 was the warmest month since modern record-keeping began in 1880,” said Gavin Schmidt, the Goddard Institute’s director. “It appears almost a certainty that 2016 also will be the warmest year on record.”
July was the tenth month in a row to set a record for monthly high temperatures according to Goddard and the 15th according to NOAA.
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