July was Earth’s hottest month ever
The average temperature was 16.6 C (61.9 F), 0.08 degrees higher than the previous record, set in July 1998 according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“The world is warming. It is continuing to warm. That is being shown time and time again in our data,” Jake Crouch, physical scientist at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, said.
Globally, the first seven months of the year also had all-time highs. The latest global temperature data make it likely that 2015 will be the hottest year on record.
“Now that we are fairly certain that 2015 will be the warmest year on record, it is time to start looking at what are the impacts of that? What does that mean for people on the ground?” Mr Crouch said.
Scientists said man-made climate change and a powerful El Niño are the main drivers behind this year’s soaring temperatures.