One does not have to look too far back into the pages of climate history to find the hottest month on record for Earth. That distinction has now been earned by July 2021. July this year was the hottest month on record, and the hottest July on record was experienced by Asia.
The global climate report was released by the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, USA. It observed that July 2021 temperatures globally were the highest in July on record over the past 142 years. Furthermore, the year-to-date global surface temperatures, i.e., January-July temperatures, tied for the sixth position.
“In this case, first place is the worst place to be,” said NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D. “July is typically the world’s warmest month of the year, but July 2021 outdid itself as the hottest July and month ever recorded. This new record adds to the disturbing and disruptive path that climate change has set for the globe.”
July is the month of the year that is considered to be the warmest. The month in 2021 was the hottest on record for Asia but second-warmest after the July of 2018 in Europe.
When compared to the 20th century average of 15.8 degrees Celsius, the month of July in 2021 exhibited a 0.93 degrees Celsius higher land and ocean surface temperature. The land surface temperature in the Northern Hemisphere was 1.54 degrees Celsius above average.
While the ice coverage in the Arctic sea was the fourth smallest in the past 42 years on record, the Antarctic sea ice cover showed a different picture. It was above average in July and also the largest since 2015. Higher than normal global tropical cyclone activity was also observed.
With the distinctions of July, the NOAA Global Climate Report suggest that the year 2021 could be on its way to feature in the top ten hottest years on record.
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