Sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic were at their lowest levels for July, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data.
The average Arctic sea ice levels were running 19.8% below average at around 726,000 square miles, while the Antarctic sea ice coverage was 4.3% below average at 250,000 square miles. According to NOAA, that's an average sea ice loss of 40,800 square miles per day. ---- According to a report released by the NOAA on Thursday, the average global temperature in July was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit (0.95 degrees Celsius) higher than the 20th century average of 60.4 degrees Fahrenheit (15.7 degrees Celsius), beating out the previous hottest month on the record set in July 2016. ----
Earlier this month, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) predicted that July had shattered climate records, and in doing so had "re-written climate history." ----
Since the beginning of June, the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) observed more than 100 intense and long-lasting fires in the Arctic Circle, which is normally frozen.
According to the WMO, the cloud of smoke emitted from a wildfire Siberia was larger than the European Union.
According to NOAA, nine of the 10 warmest Julys have occurred since 2005. July also marks the 415th consecutive month which has recorded temperatures higher than the 20th-century average.
Temperatures in June also peaked to their highest on record, with record-breaking heat measured in Eastern Europe, northern Russia, Asia, Africa, South America, the north Indian Ocean, and across parts of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
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