July Was the Hottest Month Ever Recorded on Earth

Researchers are pointing the finger towards climate change as the reason.
Fabienne Lang

You probably spent most of the last month either with your clothes plastered to your body, covered in sweat, or not leaving your cool air-conditioned room.

You had good reason to do the latter, as it's now been confirmed that July 2019 was officially the hottest month ever recorded in history. 

The last week in July saw temperatures peaking once more, which is what ultimately pushed the month to the top of the heat ladder, beating 2016's July temperatures - which previously held the title of the hottest recorded month. 

Experts say climate change is the main contributor to these rising global temperatures. 


Worldwide heatwaves

These bouts of heat seriously hit Europe and Central Asia, but also North America, Australia, Africa, and even the Arctic. 

Very few areas were spared.  

July Was the Hottest Month Ever Recorded on Earth
CaptionRank of annual maximum temperatures observed in Europe in 2019 compared to 1950 –2018, based on the E-OBS data set (Haylock et al., 2008, version 19, extended with monthly and daily updates to 30 July 2019). This figure is made with preliminary data and should be taken with caution as some measurements are not yet validated. Source: Human Weather Attribution

Collaborative research group, World Weather Attribution, published a study last week, in which they say climate change is the main factor in these rising temperatures. 

Europe and Scandinavia, for instance, experienced the hot temperatures rising by 3 degrees Celcius (or 5.4 Fahrenheit) in the last week of July, making it the hottest week, and ultimately month that the region ever experienced. 

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June this year had been recorded as the hottest month on Earth, but July came in and took over that title.

The start of July actually saw below-average temperatures, but the last week was intensely warm and bumped up the rankings significantly.

Moreover, the heatwave is 10 to 100 times more likely to occur again. 

The group said, "Every heatwave occurring in Europe today is made more likely and more intense by human-induced climate change." 

Alarmingly, due to the intense heatwaves, Greenland's ice sheet melted at record speeds

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