July Was the Hottest Month on Record. Period.

By Kurt Stolz on 14 August 2021
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Calling it an “unenviable distinction,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that July 2021 had been the world’s hottest month ever recorded.

“In this case, first place is the worst place to be,” said NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, who added that the month of July is typically the warmest month of the year but this July earned the honor of being the hottest July ever in addition to being the world’s hottest month ever.

Spinrad said that climate change has set the earth on a “disturbing and disruptive path.”

The global combined land and ocean-surface temperature last month was 1.67 degrees F (0.93 of a degree C) higher than the 20th-century average of 60.4° F (15.8° C) degrees, the agency said. The previous record was set in 2016, and repeated in 2019 and 2020.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the land-surface temperature for July was 2.77 degrees hotter than average.  In terms of regional records, Asia had its hottest July ever, burning the record set in 2010, while Europe had its second-hottest, tied with 2010 but behind 2018.

For North America, South America, Africa, and Oceana, July 2021 was in the top ten warmest Julys.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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