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Friday, July 26, 2019

#ClimateCrisis: July Predicted To Be #Hottest Month Ever


"Even with more than a week left until the end of the month, experts are already anticipating that the current record from July 2017 will fall."
 
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A girl cools off in Washington Heights in Manhattan during a July 2019 heat wave. Mike Segar / Reuters
 

July is on track to become Earth's hottest month on record, climate scientists say

 By Denise Chow

 

July is on track to become the hottest month in recorded history, climate scientists say, after heat waves blanketed North America and the Arctic saw warmer than usual temperatures. It’s the latest sign that the planet’s overall climate is warming, and that human activities are causing extreme events such as heat waves to become more likely and more intense, the scientists say.

Even with more than a week left until the end of the month, dozens of experts are already anticipating that the current record from July 2017 will fall.

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“It's looking like there's a strong likelihood that we will end up with the warmest month ever,” said Brian Brettschneider, a climate researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. (In this case, "ever" means since modern record-keeping began in 1880.)

In July 2017, when the previous record was set, average global temperatures were 2.16 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the 20th century average for July of 57.8 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which collects climate data and tracks temperature records. This July is expected to narrowly surpass the average temperatures from two years ago, scientists who study climate patterns say.


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