July 2019 hottest on record as global temperatures soar

For the second month in a row, intense heat waves have gripped parts of the planet, and soaring temperatures are shattering records.

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European cities suffered through a second sizzling heat wave in July on the heels of one that gripped parts of the continent in June, with the mercury topping out over 108 degrees Fahrenheit and higher in some areas.

Last month followed June as the hottest July on record, slightly edging out the record set in July 2016, according to European climate researchers at the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service.

The service, which studies global climate data, said July was the warmest on record and warmest month ever on record with the global average temperature near 0.07 degree Fahrenheit hotter than July 2016, The New York Times 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-Noël Thépaut, the head of the Copernicus Climate Change Service said, according to the Times.

"With continued greenhouse gas emissions and the resulting impact on global temperatures, records will continue to be broken in the future," he said.

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have not yet released their temperature data for July.

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