July hottest month in history

A boy tries to cool down in Jammu. (Channi Anand, AP)
A boy tries to cool down in Jammu. (Channi Anand, AP)

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.


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