(WSAV) – July 2015 was the warmest single month in 1627 months of global records that go back to January 1880, said NOAA.
The globally averaged temperature above both land and ocean surfaces was 1.46°F WARMER than the 20th-century average. This trumps the record for any month that was set in July 1998.
July is normally the warmest month of the year globally because of midsummer conditions across the Northern Hemisphere’s extensive land areas. However record warmth through much of the Pacific and Indian oceans played a major role in July’s new global record.
July 2015’s warmth makes the year-to-date period (January – July) the warmest period on record.
A potent El Niño event in the Eastern Pacific continues to intensify and strong El Niño events release a large amount of heat to the atmosphere…slightly boosting global temperatures even more.
It’s extremely likely that 2015 will be Earth’s second consecutive warmest year on record.