The Northern Hemisphere just sweltered through its hottest summer on record, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday.
According to the scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, the average global temperature in August was 1.66 degrees above the 20th-century average of 60.1 degrees, tying it with 2015 and 2017 as the second-hottest August in the 140-year record.
The hottest August on record was August 2016, and the five hottest Augusts on record have all occurred since 2014.
The global sea surface temperature last month was 1.69°C above the 20th-century monthly average, making it the highest global ocean temperature for August on record.
The period from January through August produced a global temperature that was 1.69 degrees above the 20th-century average of 57.3 degrees, making it the third hottest January-August period on record after 2016 and 2017.
NOAA also mentioned in a statement that record-warm temperatures during the three-month period were present across parts of the western coast of Alaska, Mexico, western and southern Africa, South America, Europe, and Asia. While Africa had its warmest June-August on record.
In Europe, Austria had its second-warmest summer on record, while Germany and France had their third-warmest summers.
NOAA also said that to date, 2019 is the third-warmest year on record, trailing only 2016 and 2017. It is virtually certain that 2019 will end among the top five warm years and will most likely finish among the 2nd, 3rd or 4th warmest year on record.
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