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NASA: July 2016 is the Hottest Month in Recorded History

Aug 16, 2016 05:47 AM EDT
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NASA has classified July 2016 to be the hottest month on record.
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has observed a record-breaking temperature last July, making it the hottest month on Earth since instrumental records began in 1880.

According to the data released by NASA, the global average surface temperatures in July were 0.84 degrees Celsius, or 1.51 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 1950-1980 global average. It is about 0.18 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the previous record of July 2011 and July 2015.

July 2016 is the tenth moths in a row to have record hot since the streak began last October 2015. Following July 2016, other months that made it to the top five hottest months on record include July 2011, July 2015, July 2009 and August 2014.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, another agency that keeps track of the global average temperature, will be releasing its own record of July 2016 temperature on August 17. Based on their records, NOAA believed that there have been 14 monthly heat records broken in a row, below July.

It is widely accepted that July is the hottest month in a year because it's summer in northern hemisphere, which has more land area than the southern hemisphere.

Researchers at NASA believe that 2016 is on its way to kick 2015 out of the seat of the hottest year on record.

According to the report from Climate Central, scientists believe that man-made climate change caused by burning of fossil fuel and the occurrence of the El Niño event were responsible for record-breaking heat in the past two years.

However, the global average temperature continue to soar even when the El Niño event faded, suggesting that the bulk of the heat being experienced is more likely the ones that has been trapped by the accumulating greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

If the trend of record hot month continues until the end of the year and 201 is named to be the hottest year in record, it will be third record hot year in a row. With the approaching of the La Niña event, researchers predicted some cooling the global temperature that may put a stop in the trend of continuous record hot months.

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