Climate Scientists: July was hottest on record worldwide

Xander Hernandez-Barrios, Staff Writer

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed on August 15th  that July was the hottest month globally since records began in the 1880’s. 

This past July had a global temperature of 62.1 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 1.7 degrees higher than the 20th-century average. 

“July is the warmest month of the year globally,” tweeted Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University. “If this july turns out to be the warmest July (it has a good shot at it), it will be the warmest month we have measured on Earth!”

The arctic lost about 40,800 square miles of sea ice each day in the month of July. By the end of the month, a record low of 726,000 square miles of ice covered the ocean, but the Arctic was not the only part of the world that was affected by the record-breaking heat. 

Alaska had its hottest July ever with their records starting over a century ago. 

The northeast had some high temperatures in cities like New York City and Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Europe had some melting heat waves with temperatures pushing a little over 100, which were felt in the midwestern part of Europe such as France and Germany.

There were no above-average cold temperatures anywhere. Scientists have already made predictions on how 2019 will most likely make the top 5 hottest years ever. 

Climate researcher Brian Brettschnieder said, “It’s looking like there’s a strong likelihood that we will end up with the warmest month ever.”

According to the NOAA, this July is the 415th straight month with above-average temperatures with many attributing the continual rise to human-related emissions of carbon dioxide.

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