Data from the a US federal scientific and regulatory agency has confirmed that July was the world’s hottest month ever recorded.
The data shows the combined land and ocean-surface temperature around the world was 0.93C above the 20th century average of 15.8C.
It is the highest temperature since record-keeping began 142 years ago.
The previous record, set in July 2016, was equalled in 2019 and 2020.
Experts believe this is due to the long-term impact of climate change.
In the Northern Hemisphere, land-surface temperature reached an “unprecedented” 1.54C higher than average, surpassing a previous record set in 2012.
This data backs up information contained in a report from the United Nations that came out last week. Their report said that climate change is having an “unprecedented” impact on earth, with some changes likely to be “irreversible for centuries to millennia.”
Further Climate Facts about July
- It was New Zealand’s sixth warmest July on record, and Australia’s fourth warmest
- Asia saw its hottest July ever
- Europe had its second-warmest July on record, with several parts of southern Europe reaching temperatures of above 40C. Since then, Italy may have registered the hottest temperature ever recorded in Europe, with 48.8C reported in Sicily – although the reading needs to be verified
- North America had its sixth-hottest July on record. In late June, Canada recorded its highest-ever temperature, with Lytton in British Columbia reaching 46.6C
- Africa experienced its seventh-hottest July
- South America recorded its tenth-warmest July