According to data released by the European Union’s satellite-based Earth observation network, July 2019 was the hottest month across the globe ever recorded beating July 2016.
“While July is usually the warmest month of the year for the globe, according to our data it also was the warmest month recorded globally, by a very small margin,” Jean-Noel Thepaut, head of the Copernicus Climate Change Service, said in a statement.
Searing heat waves saw records tumble across Europe last month, with unusually high temperatures within the Arctic Circle as well.
Globally, July 2019 was marginally warmer – by 0.04 degrees Celsius (0.072 Fahrenheit) – than the previous hottest month on record, July 2016.
Scientists say it’s the latest sign that Earth is experiencing unprecedented warming.