WASHINGTON (CSBDC)– July 2015 had the highest average temperatures ever recorded, and not just in the U.S. but on the entire globe, according to a report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The first seven months of the year also had all-time highs globally. The agency says the latest data suggests that 2015 will likely be the hottest year on record.
Average temperatures in July across global land and ocean surfaces were 1.46°F above the 20th century average. Breaking the temperatures down separately, the July globally-average land surface temperature was 1.73°F above the 20th century average, while the globally-average sea surface temperature was 1.35°F above the 20th century average, the highest temperature for any month in the 1880–2015 record.
The new findings are “reaffirming what we already know… The world is warming. It’s continuing to warm,” NOAA climate scientist Jake Crouch said.
Records from the NOAA go back to 1880, but experts say it’s possible that July was the warmest month in at least 4,000 years, making these temperatures the hottest the Earth has seen since the Bronze Age.
Predictions that 2015 may be the hottest year on record is due to the already observed high temperatures and the anticipated El Niño. A powerful El Niño could rival the record of 1997, according to NOAA.
“There is a greater than 90% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, and around an 85% chance it will last into early spring 2016,” NOAA said in a statement.