July 2019 was the hottest month across the globe ever recorded, according to data released Monday August 5th by the European Union's satellite-based Earth observation network, AFP has reported.
"While July is usually the warmest month of the year for the globe, according to our data it also was the warmest month recorded globally, by a very small margin," Jean-Noel Thepaut, head of the Copernicus Climate Change Service, said in a statement.
"With continued greenhouse gas emissions and the resulting impact on global temperatures, records will continue to be broken in the future."
Heatwaves saw records tumble across Europe last month, with unusually high temperatures within the Arctic Circle as well.
Temperatures averaged across July rose highest compared with a 1981-2010 benchmark in Alaska, Greenland, Siberia, central Asia, Iran and large swathes of Antarctica, Copernicus reported.
Africa and Australia were also well above average across most of each continent.
Globally, July 2019 was marginally warmer -- by 0.04 degrees Celsius (0.072 Fahrenheit) -- than the previous record-hot month, July 2016.
The new record is all the more notable because the 2016 record followed a strong El Nino weather event, which boosts average global temperatures beyond the impact of global warming alone.