Just a couple weeks ago I posted a story about June being the hottest month on record. Well now that's old news. Our climate is breaking records faster than juiced up baseball players in the late 1990s.
July 2015 set the record for the warmest month ever recorded. Last month passed the previous record set in 1998 by 0.08° C (0.14°F). This record was due to the warmest ocean temperatures ever recorded for a monthly average. The land temperatures ranked as the 6th warmest July on record.
The Arctic sea ice extent was measured at 350,000 square miles (9.5%) below the 1981-2010 average. This area of Arctic sea ice was the 8th smallest July extent since records began in 1979.
Antarctic sea ice extent for July was 240,000 square miles (3.8 %) above the 1981-2010 average, resulting in the 4th largest Antarctic sea ice extent on record.
2015 is on pace to be the hottest year on record. The January-July average temperature (land and sea combined) was 0.85°C (1.53°F) above the 20th century average becoming the highest January-July since temperature since the beginning of records in 1880.