July hottest month on record, 2015 to be warmest year: NOAA
The month of July has been found as the hottest month on Earth since record keeping began.
Washington: The month of July has been found as the hottest month on Earth since record keeping began.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this July saw a monthly combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces of 16.61 degrees Celsius, an all-time high since record-keeping began in 1880.
In a report released online, scientists at the US NOAA said that they expect 2015 to be the hottest year on record.
It said global climate change and the impacts of the El Nino weather phenomenon are behind the record temperatures.
NOAA report also notes that first seven months of the year also had all-time highs globally, at 0.85C above the 20th century average, and surpassing the previous record set in 2010 by 0.09C.
“The world is warming. It is continuing to warm. That is being shown time and time again in our data,” said Jake Crouch, physical scientist at NOAA's National Centres for Environmental Information.
“Now that we are fairly certain that 2015 will be the warmest year on record, it is time to start looking at what are the impacts of that? What does that mean for people on the ground?” Mr Crouch said.
Crouch also warned that a warming world meant droughts and floods may worsen, glaciers would melt and the sea level would rise.
In recent days, scientists have also predicted a 'Godzilla El Nino,' which will be worse than all the previous El Ninos.