`July May Have Been Hottest Month on Record

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July May Have Been Hottest Month on Record

Aug. 5, 2019
Isabel Putinja

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Accord­ing to new data released on August 1, 2019, by the World Mete­o­ro­log­i­cal Orga­ni­za­tion (WMO) and the Coper­ni­cus Cli­mate Change Pro­gramme, July may have been the hottest month in recorded his­tory.

July 2019 tem­per­a­tures were equal to, or sur­passed, those recorded in July 2016, while the pre­vi­ous month was the hottest June on record with tem­per­a­tures that climbed 2°C above nor­mal. Paris expe­ri­enced its hottest day on record on July 25 with a tem­per­a­ture of 42.6 °C, while new records were also set that day in Bel­gium, Ger­many, Lux­em­bourg, the Nether­lands and the UK.

While tem­per­a­tures recorded in July 2016 were attrib­uted to the El Niño effect, this is not the case in 2019. WMO sci­en­tists link the recent Euro­pean heat­wave to human-caused global warm­ing and pre­dict that 2019 will be among the top five hottest years on record.

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