Earth sizzled last month and July became the hottest month in 142 years of recordkeeping, meteorologists said on Friday.
As extreme heat waves struck parts of the United States and Europe, the globe averaged 16.73 degrees Celsius
last month, beating out the previous record set in July 2016 and tied again in 2019 and 2020. the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the US said. The margin was just 0.01 Celsius.
The last seven Julys, from 2015 to this year, have been the hottest seven Julys on record, said NOAA climatologist Ahira Sanchez-Lugo. Last month was 0.93 degrees Celsius warmer than the 20th century average for the month.
“In this case first place is the worst place to be, NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad said in a press release.
“This new record adds to the disturbing and disruptive path that climate change has set for the globe.—Reuters