The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that July 2019 temperature was the hottest ever recorded globally. This makes July 2019 the hottest month ever witnessed. Also, the satellite data reveals that the polar ice shrank to its lowest levels.
The average global temperature for the month of July was 0.95 degrees Celsius or 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit according to NOAA. This is above the 20th century average of 15.8 degrees Celsius or 60.4 Fahrenheit. This makes it the hottest July month since 1880.
NOAA said, “Much of the planet sweltered in unprecedented heat in July, as temperatures soared to new heights in the hottest month ever recorded. The record warmth also shrank the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows.”
These findings have also confirmed the data that was released by the Copernicus Climate Change Service of EU on 5th August.
All over the world, the heatwave resulted in an increase in temperature. In the US almost 150 million people suffered to stay cool. At least 6 deaths were reported by media.
NOAA said, “Nine of the 10 hottest Julys have occurred since 2005 — with the last five years ranking as the five hottest.”
Since it began keeping records in 2005, Alaska recorded its hottest July in 2019. Same is the case in Africa.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “We have always lived through hot summers. But this is not the summer of our youth. This is not your grandfather’s summer.”