If you thought this summer has been a little hotter than usual it wasn’t just you.
According to a Friday (Aug. 13) report from the U.S.’ Home National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), July was the hottest month that’s ever been recorded.
“In this case, first place is the worst place to be,” NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D. said in a statement today. “July is typically the world’s warmest month of the year, but July 2021 outdid itself as the hottest July and month ever recorded. This new record adds to the disturbing and disruptive path that climate change has set for the globe.”
In the Northern hemisphere, the temperature was 2.77 degrees Fahrenheit above the average. The previous record was set back in 2012. Asia saw its hottest July on record, while Europe had its second.
The NOAA says that this is another sign of the adverse effect humans are having on the environment. They believe that because of last month’s temperatures, 2021 will end up being the hottest month on record. Last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) outlined the ways that the climate is changing, and that only confirmed Spinrad’s concerns.
“Scientists from across the globe delivered the most up-to-date assessment of the ways in which the climate is changing,” Spinrad said in a statement. “It is a sobering IPCC report that finds that human influence is, unequivocally, causing climate change, and it confirms the impacts are widespread and rapidly intensifying.”
This report arrives as the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected lives since the end of 2019. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that pregnant people and children 12 and under take vaccines for the virus. Before, they encouraged it, but now they are giving an emphatic recommendation.