July 2019: Hottest month ever recorded on Earth
Brussels - July's global temperature was marginally higher than the previous record-holder three year's ago.
This year saw the hottest month ever recorded on Earth.
In 2019, the month of July has beaten July 2016 to become the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, a leading climate change institute said on Monday.
The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said last July's global temperature was marginally higher than the previous record-holder three year's ago, when the planet had experienced an El Nino warming event, German news agency DPA reported on Monday.
"While July is usually the warmest month of the year for the globe, according to our data it also was the warmest month recorded globally by a very small margin," said Jean-Noel Thepaut, head of C3S, in Brussels.
"With continued greenhouse gas emissions and the resulting impact on global temperatures, records will continue to be broken in the future," Thepault added.
July was close to 0.56 degrees Celsius above average for the 30-year period between 1981 and 2010, C3S said. It was also close to 1.2 degrees above pre-industrial level, as defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Copernicus is the Earth observation programme of the European Union, which relies to a large extent on satellite data.