The National Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Thursday that last July recorded temperatures that made it the hottest in the history of the northern hemisphere and the second hottest in record for the planet.
One of the most shocking effects of the heat in July was the melting of ice in the Arctic in numbers never before seen in 42 years of record. The frozen layer over the sea presented a total of 23.1 percent less than the average, according to the NOAA Environmental Information Center.
The global temperature for the past month was 62 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.66 degrees higher than the average for the entire 20th century.
“In the combined land and ocean surface of the Northern Hemisphere, the record temperature was 2.2 degrees warmer than average, an unprecedented number,” the NOAA report reads.
Throughout the year, land and ocean surface temperatures around the world were the second highest in the 141 years since recorded, at 58.79 degrees.
Historical heat indices were spread over parts of Southeast Asia, northern South America, North America, as well as the western and northern Pacific Ocean, northern Indian Ocean, and parts of the Caribbean Sea.
NOAA clarified that cooler-than-average temperatures were limited to small portions of North America, Scandinavia, eastern China, and southern South America.
No place on the planet recorded record cold numbers in July.