NASA says that July was the hottest month of the last 136 yearsThe maximum and minimum temperatures were much higher than normal.
A monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA, the space agency of the United States, showed that July 2016 It was the hottest month since 1880. This year might be the hottest in history.
“It was not by a wide margin, but July 2016 It was the hottest month since records began to be made in 1880”, said Gavin Schmidt, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (Giss), that Nasa. “It seems almost a certainty that 2016 also it will be the hottest year on record”, He said the director in a statement released by the space agency.
According to NASA, the record of modern global temperature begins around 1880 because previous observations not sufficiently covered the Earth.
The analysis made monthly by Giss team is made from data acquired for about 6.300 weather stations worldwide, naval instruments and measuring buoys sea surface temperature and Antarctic research stations.
The numbers, released by NASA, follow a trend of monthly maximum recorded the tenth consecutive month, since October 2015. "Compared to previous years, warmer global temperatures last month were more pronounced in the northern hemisphere, especially near the Arctic region ", the statement said.
In Portugal, July this year had already been registered as the second hottest month since 1931, according to data from Climatological Bulletin Sea Portuguese Institute and the Atmosphere. The average maximum air temperature last month was 32,19 C°.
Also in July, the maximum and minimum temperatures were much higher than normal. According to the Portuguese Institute, the average values of air temperature just been greatest in 1989, staying in 24,33 C° (in July 1989 it was 24,63 C°), more than two degrees above the mean value of the period 1971 e 2000.