It’s official: July 2016 was the hottest July on record. Not only that, in general July is the hottest month of the year overall on Earth (the northern hemisphere is mostly land, which gets warmer than ocean, so summer in the north generally drives the hottest temperatures on the planet). What does this mean?

It means July 2016 was likely the hottest month in human history.

You Just Lived Through the Hottest July on Record. And June. And May. And April. And March. And February. And January. And December. And …

October. November. December. January. February. March. April. May. June. And now July. For the sixth seventh eighth ninth tenth month in a row, we’ve had a month that has broken the global high temperature record. According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, March April May June July 2016 was the hottest March April May June July on record, going back 136 years.

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