Miami - July was the hottest month in history, and the first seven months of the year were also the warmest since modern record-keeping began in 1880, US government scientists said on Thursday.
The findings by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed a troubling trend, as the planet continues to warm due to the burning of fossil fuels.
Not only was last month the record-breaker for heat across land and sea surfaces worldwide when compared to past months of July, "this was also the all-time highest monthly temperature in the 1880-2015 record," said NOAA in its monthly climate report.
The month's average global temperature was 16.61°C.
The previous record was set in July 1998.
"The first seven months of the year [January-July] were also all-time record warm for the globe," NOAA said.