Scientists confirm July set new global heat record
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Scientists confirm July set new global heat record

Hottest July measured on Earth since records began in 1880 backs up climate change predictions; 9 of the 10 warmest Julys in past 140 years have occurred since 2005

In this file photo dated July 25, 2019, a bird sits on a straw bale on a field in Frankfurt, Germany, as the sun rises during a heatwave in Europe. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
In this file photo dated July 25, 2019, a bird sits on a straw bale on a field in Frankfurt, Germany, as the sun rises during a heatwave in Europe. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

BERLIN (AP) — July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880, the latest in a long line of peaks that scientists say back up predictions for man-made climate change.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that July was 0.95 degrees Celsius (1.71 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than the 20th century average of 15.8°C (60.4°F) for the month.

Because July is generally the warmest month on the calendar, meteorologists say this means it also set a new all-time monthly record for the past 140 years.

Last month’s temperatures narrowly topped the previous July record, set in 2016, by 0.03°C (0.05°F).

In this file photo dated July 25, 2019, a boy jumps into the water at a beach in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The results had been expected after several European countries including France, Belgium and Germany reported that July smashed previous national temperature records. The Swedish hamlet of Markusvinsa recorded a sizzling 34.8°C (94.6°F), the highest temperature measured north of the Arctic Circle.

According to NOAA’s records, 9 of the 10 hottest Julys on record have occurred since 2005 and last month was the 43rd consecutive July above the 20th century average.

The record temperatures notched up in July were accompanied with other major landmarks. Average Arctic sea ice, for example, was almost 20% below average in July, less even than the previous historic low of July 2012.

The July peaks came hot on the heels of a sizzling June, which ended up being the hottest June recorded over the past 140 years.

In this file photo dated July 27, 2019, tourists are reflected in sea water after a hot day, during a sunset at Makronissos beach in the southeastern resort town of Ayia Napa in the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

The year to date is also 0.95°C (1.71°F) above the long-term average, still slightly behind 2016 and on a par with 2017, NOAA said.

Meteorologists expect 2019 won’t beat the current record for warmest year, set in 2016.

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