Feel­ing the Heat: July Was Earth’s Hottest Month on Record

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

Fed­eral of­fi­cials say July was Earth’s hottest month on record, smash­ing old marks.

July’s av­er­age tem­per­a­ture was 61.86 de­grees Fahren­heit, beat­ing the pre­vi­ous global mark set in 1998 and 2010 by about one-sev­enth of a de­gree. That’s a large mar­gin for weather records.

Records go back to 1880, but nine of the 10 hottest months on record have hap­pened since 2005.

The first seven months of 2015 are the hottest Jan­uary-to-July span on record.

Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion cli­mate sci­en­tist Jake Crouch says it is quite likely that 2015 will end up the hottest year on record, beat­ing last year. Crouch says this reaf­firms that the Earth is warm­ing, with a boost this year from an El Nino warm­ing of the Pa­cific Ocean. We wait to see what the num­bers for the month of Au­gust which ends on Mon­day will be like.

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