Independent data confirms July was Earth's hottest month since records began

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(CNN)Earth faced unprecedented heat in July, its hottest month on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. According to NOAA, this makes 2019 the warmest July in their 140-year records.

The NOAA results had been expected after several European countries reported new all-time temperature records in July.

This summer hasn't just felt like the hottest ever - it actually has been. In the Arctic in July, ice was recorded as being 19.8 percent lower than average.

The high average, which is 1.7 degrees above the 20th century average, was in part thanks to a massive heat wave that swept through Europe and caused drastic ice sheet melt in Greenland.

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The NOAA report also explained that July's extreme heat caused other historic changes on the planet, as average Arctic sea ice was nearly 20% below the July average, beating than the previous historic low of July 2012.

Furthermore, because July is usually the warmest month globally, this means that July 2019 wasn't only the hottest July ever recorded, but also the hottest month in general, ever recorded. Eek. Last month was also the 415th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th century average, it said.

Meteorologists expect 2019 won't beat the current record for warmest year, set in 2016.

This year has also set records in the Arctic, where sea ice hit the lowest point ever seen for the month of July.

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This graph illustrates the global land and ocean temperatures during the month of July dating back to 1880.

Alaska, Central Europe, northern and southwestern parts of Asia, and parts of Africa and Australia suffered the most intense departures from normal high temperatures, experiencing their hottest year to date.

'Nine of the 10 hottest Julys have occurred since 2005-with the last five years ranking as the five hottest, ' the NOAA says.

According to Deke Arndt, the head of climate monitoring at NOAA, there's a 100 per cent chance that 2019 winds up being a top-5 warmest year, and it will most likely be the 2nd, 3rd or 4th warmest year, depending how temperatures rank between August and December.

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