According to new reports from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, July 2019 was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880, and Canadian’s were definitely feeling the sweltering heat over the course of the month. In fact, during July, Environment Canada was forced to issue countless extreme heat warnings across the country, with temperatures in some parts of Canada reaching upwards of 50 degrees.
Heat warnings were issued nationwide for varying temperatures across July, with parts of Ontario reaching 40 degrees somewhat regularly. For Canadians, it may have seemed as if the heat never stopped throughout the month.
If the news that last month was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth doesn’t already make you a little nervous, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also announced today that the planet sweltering in unprecedented heat caused the Artic and Antartic sea ice to shrink to historic lows. Yikes.
The NOAA report, which was released on Thursday, revealed that the average global temperature in July was 0.95°C hotter than the 20th century average of 15.8°C. According to NOAA, this makes 2019 the warmest July in their 140-year records.
Furthermore, because July is usually the warmest month globally, this means that July 2019 wasn’t only the hottest July ever recorded, but also the hottest month in general, ever recorded. Eek.
Of the top-10 hottest Julys ever recorded by scientists, 9 have occurred since 2005. Worse still, the last five years have swiftly ranked as the top 5 warmest. This follows a report from NOAA in June, that revealed June 2019 to also be a record-breaker worldwide, with the planet reaching temperatures higher than had been seen in over a century.
It is not a complete surprise that July 2019 surpassed previous records, as historic high-temperatures could be seen worldwide over the month. Several European countries, including France, Belgium, and Germany all reported higher-than-average temperatures in their countries.
The NOAA report also explained that July’s extreme heat caused other historic changes on the planet, as average Arctic sea ice was almost 20% below the July average, beating than the previous historic low of July 2012.
Average Antarctic sea-ice coverage was also reported to be 4.3% below the 1981-2010 average, making it the smallest for July in the 41-year record.
In Canada, there is extra reason to be concerned about this rapid planet heating, as the Canadian government announced earlier this year that Canada was warming at more than twice the average global rate, with the average annual temperature throughout Canada is expected to rise by 3°C by 2055.
These scary statistics have even caused a national climate emergency to be declared by the House of Commons.
While NOAA meteorologists are not expecting the overall 2019 global temperature to overtake the current record of 2016, this is a pretty worrying report, and the NOAA findings speak for themselves.