Even after the fading of a strong El Nino, which spikes global temperatures on top of man-made climate change, July burst global temperature records.
Nasa calculated that July 2016 was 0.84ºC warmer than the 1950-1980 global average.
That’s clearly hotter than the previous hotter months, about 0.1ºC warmer than the previous record of July 2011 and July 2015, which were so close they were said to be in a tie for the hottest month on record, said Nasa chief climate scientist Gavin Schmidt.
Scientists blame mostly man-made climate change from the burning of fossil fuel with an extra jump from the now-gone El Nino , which every few years is a natural warming of parts of the Pacific Ocean that changes weather worldwide.
Georgia Tech climate scientist Kim Cobb said this is significant “because global temperatures continue to warm even as a record-breaking El Nino event has finally released its grip”.
Nasa’s five hottest months on record are July 2016, July 2011, July 2015, July 2009, and August 2014. Only July 2015 was during an El Nino. Records go back to 1880.
This is the 10th record hot month in a row, according to Nasa. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will come out with its July figures today.