I FELT it, you felt it…we all felt it, but now NASA has officially confirmed it; global temperatures are on the rise.
Last month – the middle of winter in Australia – was the hottest July the world has endured since records began.
According to data released on Tuesday by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, last month’s global temperatures across all land and ocean surfaces were 0.83 degrees Celsius above the 1951-1980 average.
That’s just 0.01 of a degree warmer than July last year, making the last two consecutive July’s equally the hottest on the planet in at least 137 years.
According to NASA’s database, temperatures were the highest above average during July in China, northern Australia, the Middle East and northwestern North America.
Interestingly, last month also marked 32 years since NASA recorded the last colder-than-average July in 1985.
Overall, the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 each set a new global record for warmth, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).