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July 2016 is the Hottest Month in Recorded History

July 2016 warmest on record in 136 years NASA

This summer, especially in the first weeks of August, Azerbaijan also experienced awful heat, as the mercury has exceeded +42 degrees C. Thus, 2016 virtually beat 2015 for the dubious distinction of the hottest year on record. "Every month so far this year has been record hot", reported Climate Central's Andrea Thompson. July is now the tenth consecutive month to have broken records for heat.

Nasa calculated that July was 0.84C (1.51F) warmer than the 1950-1980 global average.

Gavin Schmidt, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said on Twitter it's nearly certain 2016 will set a new annual record.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will come out with its figures on Wednesday. In NASA's data, that streak goes back to October 2015, which was the first month in its data set that was more than one degree Celsius hotter than average.

All of this means that, according to Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies, we have a 99% chance of 2016 being the hottest year on record. With the approaching of the La Niña event, researchers predicted some cooling the global temperature that may put a stop in the trend of continuous record hot months.

Karoly pointed out that Nasa's baseline temperatures, which new measurements are compared against, already included about 0.5C of warming in global temperatures. "July is usually the warmest month globally, since the northern hemisphere has more land mass, and land heats up faster and retains more heat than the oceans".

A report published in the Mashable News said, "It is now virtually certain that 2016 will beat 2015 for the dubious distinction of the hottest year on record".

Scientists say the primary cause, temperature increases from man-made climate change, coincided with a strong El Niño, a regularly-occurring natural warming of the Pacific Ocean that affects weather patterns worldwide. "It's important for what it tells us about the future", he said.