July was earth's hottest month ever recorded
July 2019 was the hottest month on record, according to provisional data from the the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).
The C3S provisional data from July 1 to 29 indicated that temperatures were “on a par with, and possibly marginally higher” than the previous high of July 2016.
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July 2019 will be about 2.16 degrees (1.2 Celsius) more than preindustrial levels, the provisional data showed.
The data is not final, and C3S will release its final data on Monday.
In July, Greenland’s ice sheet reportedly lost 197 billion tons of ice despite an expected average of between 60 billion and 70 billion tons.
“We have always lived through hot summers. But this is not the summer of our youth. This is not your grandfather’s summer,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres when he announced the data, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
He added that this means 2015 through 2019 is on track to be the hottest five-year period recorded.
“If we do not take action on climate change now, these extreme weather events are just the tip of the iceberg. And, indeed, the iceberg is also rapidly melting,” Guterres said. “Preventing irreversible climate disruption is the race of our lives, and for our lives. It is a race that we can and must win.”
June 2019 was also the hottest June on record.