Did you find yourself reaching for your electric blanket a little less than usual last month? Well, don’t freak out but scientists have just confirmed that last month was the hottest month on Earth on record, ever.
July 2019 is officially the hottest month to be recorded since records began back in 1880, according to 9News. So, if you don’t believe in climate change you can stick that in your pipe and smoke it.
According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), last month was 0.95 degrees Celcius warmer than the average for the entire 20th century for the month of July.
They’ve also released a series of graphics that are absolutely terrifying, you can show these to your climate change denier uncle at the next family reunion.
BRB befriending Elon Musk so I can yeet the fuck out of here when the world inevitably turns into a fiery inferno of death in a few years.
Last month just beat out the previous record from 2016 by 0.03C, so it doesn’t look like it was just a once-off freak heat wave. Nope. I’m pretty sure this means global warming exists and is definitely a threat to us. If somebody could please let Scott Morrison know, that’d be great.
The results aren’t exactly surprising because we’ve already seen increased rates of melting ice in Greenland, and soaring temperatures across several European countries. But even if it’s not surprising, it sure is terrifying.
Sweden also recorded the highest temperature north of the Arctic circle last month with a whopping 34.8C (which is apparently hot if you don’t live in Australia). Yikes.
We even copped the wrath of global warming in the middle of the Australian winter, experiencing the fourth highest July temperature on record, while New Zealand had its second highest temps.
The NOAA also announced in a report that we’ve seen nine of the 10 hottest Julys on record since 2005, making it abundantly clear that human-caused global warming is very real.
The report also indicated a record low sea ice level at a terrifying 19.8% below average in the Arctic, and 4.3% below average in Antarctica.
To put it simply, we’re seeing less ice, hotter days and a rising sea level, which are all bad signs.
The silver lining is that 2019 isn’t predicted to beat 2016 for the hottest year on record. If you can really call that a silver lining.
Okay, maybe it’s time to freak out.