According to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, July 2022 was the sixth hottest in the world. Last month also marked Earth’s sixth hottest year on record, with Antarctic sea ice coverage falling to a record low for the second consecutive month. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports: Land and ocean surface temperatures in July 2022 were 1.57 degrees F (0.87 degrees C) above the 20th century average of 60.4 degrees F (15.8 degrees C). This made it the sixth hottest July in the 143-year global climate record. July marked the 46th consecutive July and 451st consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th century average. All five warmest Julys have been recorded since 2016. Regionally, July 2022 was among the top 10 warmest Julys on several continents. North America had its second-hottest July on record, Asia had its third-hottest, South America had its fourth-hottest, and Europe had its sixth-hottest.

Global average land and ocean surface temperatures were the sixth warmest year on record, 1.55 degrees F (0.86 degrees C) above average. Asia was the second hottest since the start of the year, while Europe was the fifth hottest. In Africa, North and South America, temperatures at the beginning of the year were above average, although it was not among the top ten warmest on record. According to NCEI’s Global Annual Temperature Rankings Outlook, there is a greater than 99% chance that 2022 will rank among the 10 warmest years on record, but an 11% chance that the year will rank in the top five.

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