THIS MONTH could become the hottest ever recorded in the world since records began.
With only a week left of July, heatwaves are blanketing countries all over the globe leading a lot of experts to claim this is the latest evidence of climate change.
Head of Earth System Analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Stefan Rahmstorf tweeted: “Earth just had its hottest June on record, on track for warmest July”.
The current record for the hottest July is held by the year 2017.
In July 2017, the average global temperatures were 1.2°C higher than the 20th century average for July, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Experts think that July 2019 could be slightly hotter than this.
Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University, tweeted: “July is the warmest month of the year globally. If this July turns out to be the warmest July (it has a good shot at it), it will be the warmest month we have measured on Earth!”
Jack Williams, director of the Center for Climatic Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told NBC: “Of course, we won’t know until all the tallies are in, but we’re on a good pace right now to beat that record.”
He added: “The climate system right now is like a batter on steroids. Heat waves of today are going to be the normal events of tomorrow.
“It’s tough being a climate scientist and seeing the trends that we’re heading towards and trying to raise awareness.
“It feels like an uphill battle. At the same time, I feel like this is the defining issue of my generation, and it’s a fight and conversation worth having. It’s important work, so we just keep at it.”
Last month was the hottest June ever recorded in the world.
Although lots of people are out enjoying the sun it also comes with its health dangers and negative environmental impacts and this is why scientists are concerned that the temperature increases could be here to stay.
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Temperatures on Earth – where gets the hottest?
Here are the need-to-know facts about our planet's toastiest spots…
- The highest temperature ever recorded in Britain is 38.5°C, in Faversham, Kent on August 10, 2003
- Britain is largely cool for all consituent countries, too – Scotland (32.9°C), Wales (35.2°C), Northern Ireland (30.8°C)
- The highest temperature ever recorded globally was 56.7°C in Furnace Creek, California on July 10, 1913
- Europe’s highest temperature was 47.4°C in Amaereleja, Portugal on August 1, 2003
- The hottest it got in Oceania was in Australia, which recorded a toasty 50.7°C in Oodnadatta on January 2, 1960
- For South America, the top temperature was in Rivadavia, Argentina, where the mercury got to 48.9°C on December 11, 1905
- Asia’s highest temperature is 54°C, and is shared between Iran, Israel and Kuwait
- For Africa, the hottest temperature was 55°C in Kebili, Tunisia on July 7, 1931
- In Antarctica, researchers tracked a peak temperature of 19.8°C at Signy Research Station in the South Orkney Islands on January 30, 1982
- But the highest temperature ever recorded at the South Pole was a chilly -12.3°C on December 25, 2011
- The greatest two-minute temperature increase ever recorded was from -20°C to 7°C (a rise of 27°C) in Spearfish, South Dakota on January 22, 1943
- The highest minimum temperature for a 24-hour period was 42.6°C at Qarayyat, Oman on June 25, 2018
- And the highest average monthly temperature was in Death Valley, California, at 42.3°C for July 2018
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July ‘on track to be Earth’s hottest month EVER’ since records began, climate scientists say