The summer months are typically the hottest of the year, but this year has been particularly hot. July 2020 was the hottest month ever recorded, according to the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This was confirmed by the UN Chief, who spoke on the global average temperature this July, which was the highest on record and likely for at least 120,000 years. July also had the highest-ever ocean surface temperatures, as well as the highest land surface temperatures since records began in the late 19th century.
The WMO also reported that the average global temperature for July was 1.2°C (2.2°F) above the pre-industrial era. This means that the planet is now more than halfway to the 1.5°C (2.7°F) limit set by the Paris Agreement, which is a global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.
The extreme heat in July was caused by a combination of human-induced climate change and a strong El Niño event. El Niño is a climate pattern that occurs when the Pacific Ocean warms up and affects weather patterns around the world. This year, the El Niño event was particularly strong, leading to hotter temperatures in many parts of the world.
The hottest month of the year varies depending on where you live. In the Northern Hemisphere, July is typically the hottest month, while in the Southern Hemisphere, January is usually the hottest. However, this year, July was the hottest month for both hemispheres.
In the United States, July was the hottest month ever recorded. In Europe, July was the second-hottest month on record, while in Australia, it was the third-hottest month. In Africa, July was the fourth-hottest month ever recorded.
The extreme heat in July has had a devastating effect on the environment. Heatwaves have caused droughts, wildfires, and heat-related deaths in many parts of the world. It has also had a major impact on food production, with crops wilting in the heat and livestock dying from the heat stress.
The extreme heat in July is a stark reminder of the need to take urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. The Paris Agreement is a good start, but more needs to be done to ensure that July 2020 is not the new normal.
It is clear that July 2020 was the hottest month ever recorded, and it is likely to remain the hottest month for some time. The extreme heat in July is a sign of the devastating effects of climate change, and it is a reminder that we must take urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect our planet.