Climate change: July was the Earth’s hottest month on record – while 2015 could be the warmest year, scientists say

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Climate change: July was the Earth’s hottest month on record – while 2015 could be the warmest year, scientists say

It is almost certain 2015 will be the hottest year recorded, scientists have said after it was revealed that July was the Earth’s warmest month on record.

The average global temperature across land and ocean surfaces last month reached 16.61 C (61.86F) – 0.81C higher than the 20th century average for the month, scientists have said.

It was also higher than the previous global mark set in 1998 and 2010, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its latest monthly report.

July was the hottest month on record, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said (NOAA)

July was the hottest month on record, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said (NOAA)

NOAA climate scientist Jake Crouch said: “It just reaffirms what we already know: that the Earth is warming.

“The warming is accelerating and we’re really seeing it this year.”

Records on global temperatures kept by the NOAA go back to 1880 – but nine of the ten hottest months have occurred since 2005.

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