According to the United Nations’ weather bureau, last month (July) was one of the three hottest Julys ever recorded, with worldwide temperatures registering over 0.5 degrees Celsius (0.9F) above average.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) spokeswoman, Clare Nullis, told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday that the world has just experienced one of the three warmest Julys on record.
She cited recent data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) of the European Union, claiming that July 2022 had been slightly warmer than July 2016 and somewhat cooler than July 2019.
According to Nullis, “the difference between the three months is too close to call, so we’re saying one of the three warmest.”
According to the WMO, temperatures were 0.72 degrees Fahrenheit (0.40 degrees Celsius) higher than typical last month.
And this is despite the fact that the meteorological phenomena La Nina “is expected to have a cooling affect” and has been engulfing the world practically continuously since September 2020.
The WMO said that the summer in Europe was notable for its intense heatwaves and drought, with certain nations seeing low precipitation records.
According to Nullis, July 2022 was the hottest month ever observed in Spain.
C3S reported that July was drier than usual for most of the continent, highlighting a number of low-precipitation records in numerous locations. This was in a month that saw temperature records broken over parts of northern Europe and the United Kingdom.
It stated that these circumstances “damaged the local economy and promoted the spread and escalation of wildfires.”
According to C3S, much of North America, South America, Central Asia, and Australia experienced an extremely dry July.
Extreme heat waves and droughts are more likely as a result of climate change.
As global temperatures rise further, Freja Vamborg, a senior C3S scientist, predicted that exceptionally high temperatures would occur more frequently and over longer periods of time.
However, the weather service reported that last month was wetter than typical in eastern Russia, northern China, and a wide wet belt that stretched from eastern Africa across Asia to northwest India.
Despite the oppressive heat in Europe and other parts of the world, July did not decisively set a record for the hottest month on record, according to the agency, because temperatures were below average in many other places, such as much of central Asia, Australia, and the western Indian Ocean.