July beat the heat, index record
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the global temperature records show that July was the hottest month ever, beating every other chart-topping heat record since 1880. It was an average of 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average temperature for July as previously recorded from prior years.
Heatwaves and unexpected weather patterns affected North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia and resulted in power outages, monsoons, health risks such as heatstroke and severe dehydration, and drought. The arctic has been heavily affected as well, with mass glacier melts and rising sea levels.
It falls in pattern with the suspected change, as nine of the ten hottest July records have been reported since 2005. It also marks the 415th consecutive month for increasing global temperatures, on average.
Confirmation from NASA, the World Meteorological Foundation, and the Copernicus Climate Change Service solidify the findings and affirm that the severe weather patterns are from human actions, largely the burning of fossil fuels and creation of greenhouse gasses.
It is likely that August and September will break records as well, and dangerous weather patterns are expected to continue, as mother nature fights back against human impact.