If you’ve been feeling like this summer has been hotter than ever, you’re not alone. The National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) has announced that July 2019 was the hottest month ever recorded on earth. According to the NOAA, last month global temperatures soared to 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average which was 60.4 degrees. This means that the world’s temperature has surpassed a record that was previously set in July 2016.
The increased heat has had a negative impact on the world’s ice caps. The NOAA notes that in July average Arctic sea ice shrank to a “record low” and average Antarctic sea-ice hasn’t fared much better and is now almost 5% smaller than an average recorded between 1981 to 2010.
This isn’t the first time that scientists have informed the public about the high temperatures the world experienced in July.
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