Last Month Was the Hottest on Record

July was the hottest month since records began in 1880, according to the latest assessment from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, AP reports.
Last month was 0.14F hotter than the previous record-holder, August 2016—and that year El Niño spurred warmer temperatures. This new record shows that increased natural causes of extra warming are no longer necessary to reach record temperatures, The Washington Post reports.
Temperatures last month were 1.71 degrees warmer than the 20th century average; 9 in 10 of the warmest Julys have happened since 2005, according to BuzzFeed News.
Marked by Arctic wildfires, massive heatwaves in Europe, and the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet. By month’s end, sea ice levels in the Arctic and Antarctic had plummeted to record low lows for July.

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