Nine of the 10 warmest Julys have occurred since 2005, with the past five years being the five warmest on record.
A contributing factor: July is typically the world’s warmest month of the year.
However, temperatures in parts of Scandinavia and western and eastern Russia were at least 2.7 degrees below average last month.
Sea ice set a record low
July’s record high temperatures affected the Arctic’s sea ice rates, as well.
The sea ice extent set a record low for July, appearing 19.8% below average, beating the record of July 2012, according to an analysis by the National Snow and Ice Data Center using data from NOAA and NASA.
Last month’s Antarctic sea ice extent was also the smallest for July in the 41-year record.