July 2016 ranks as Earth's hottest month on record

NASA: Hottest Six Months Yet

Earth just had its hottest month yet, and the record-shattering warmth shows no signs of stopping.

According to NASA, global average surface temperatures during July were 0.84 degrees Celsius, or 1.51 degrees Fahrenheit, above average. This beats all previous Julys, with July 2011 coming in second at 0.74 degrees Celsius above average.

The large anomaly seen during July 2016 means that the month was the hottest on Earth since instrumental records began in 1880.

July is typically the planet's hottest month of the year due to the fact that the Northern Hemisphere has more land area than the Southern Hemisphere, making Northern Hemisphere summer the warmest.

To repeat, it wasn't only the hottest July but also the hottest month, period.

July is now the tenth month in a row to be the warmest such month on record in NASA's database.

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A woman rests in the shade during a hot and sunny day at Central Park in New York July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
People sit in the shade around the fountain at the Christian Science Plaza on a hot summer day in Boston, Massachusetts July 20, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A helicopter drops water near a hot spot on the Wagg Fire near Lake Berryessa, California July 24, 2015. A rapidly expanding wildfire in Northern California is threatening about 150 structures and has forced evacuations in several rural areas as the wind-whipped blaze rips across parched vegetation, officials said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
People cool off beside a fountain during heat wave at the Word War Two Memorial in Washington July 18, 2013. The northeastern United States sweltered on Tuesday in a scorching summer heat wave, complete with stagnant, sticky air and no winds for relief, forecasters said. Even in a summer already filled with stretches of very hot weather, this week will be stubbornly brutal, with no relief in sight until the weekend brings thunderstorms to the region, they said. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: WEATHER)
Friends Grace Greenwood (L) and Alex Place, both of Arlington, Virginia, leap into a water sprinkler for a "high ten" during heat wave at the Washington Monument in Washington July 18, 2013. Greenwood was celebrating her birthday with a visit into the city. The nation's capital is experiencing a heat wave with temperatures around 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
NEW YORK CITY, NY, UNITED STATES - 2016/07/24: New York City, New York. A dog keep cool during a heatwave across the city. (Photo by Louise Wateridge/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
People enjoy a day in the pool during a heat wave called "Heat Dome" in the Astoria borough of New York, U.S., July 24, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Children play in a fountain during a heat wave in Washington, U.S., July 24, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
People cool off in the Pacific Ocean during a record-setting heat wave across the U.S. Southwest, on the summer solstice in Santa Monica, California, U.S. June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Jun 5, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; A general view as storm clouds roll over Oriole Park at Camden Yards during the eighth inning of the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees . Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

If the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also finds that July was the hottest such month on record and hottest month overall, it would mean that the past 15 months have each set records — an unprecedented feat. The heat in the past two years has been caused by human-caused climate change with a boost from an El Niño event, which has now faded.

Yet the record heat, clearly, is continuing.

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