JULY 2019 was the hottest July ever recorded on earth, according to a release of August 15 by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The average global temperature in July was 0.95°C warmer than the 20th-century average of 16.73°C, making it the hottest July in the 140-year record, according to scientists at the NOAA’s National Centres for Environmental Information. The previous hottest July on record was in 2016.
According to NOAA, nine of the 10 hottest Julys have occurred since 2005—with the last five years ranking as the five hottest. July 2019 was also the 43rd consecutive July and 415th consecutive month with above-average global temperatures.
The year 2019 from January through July produced a global temperature to make it the second hottest year on record, tying with 2017, NOAA said.
It was the hottest year to date for parts of North and South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the southern half of Africa, portions of the western Pacific Ocean, western Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean.
Average Arctic sea ice set a record low for July with 19.8 per cent below average, surpassing the previous historic low of July 2012.
Average Antarctic sea-ice coverage was 4.3 per cent below the 1981-2010 average, making it the smallest for July in the 41-year record.
Parts of Scandinavia and western and eastern Russia, however, had cooler temperatures than the average.