Last month appears to have been the hottest month humans have ever recorded, scientists say.
July at least equalled, if not surpassed, the previous hottest month recorded in July 2016, according to preliminary data from the World Meteorological Organization and Copernicus Climate Change Service, or C3S.
“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, who announced the data in New York on Thursday. “All of this means that we are on track for the period from 2015 to 2019 to be the five hottest years on record.”
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These heat waves are notable because they come on top of a general rise of about 2.8 degrees Fahrenheit or more in the same areas over the past hundred years, according to C3S.
“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.