We already knew July felt brutally hot.like a grilled cheese sandwich. like it had fallen into a hellmouth. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has now confirmed the anecdotal evidence: July 2019 was the hottest month on record for our planet.
NOAA issued its monthly global climate report on Thursday, and it was grim.
"The average global temperature in July was 1.71 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 60.4 degrees, making it the hottest July in the 140-year record," NOAA said in a statement. This broke the previous July heat record set in 2016.
The poles also felt the heat. Arctic sea ice ebbed to a record low. And Antarctic sea-ice coverage dipped below average, NOAA said, "making it the smallest for July in the 41-year record."
NOAA tweeted a graphic to illustrate the situation in the Arctic.
The rampant wildfires, ice loss and . July 2019 may have set a bleak new record, but it likely won't be the last.is manifesting through weather extremes,