FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — July 2020 was a scorcher not only for us, but for the entire world.
The average land and ocean surface temperature was 62.06 degrees.
It tied July 2016 as the second hottest month on record according to the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information.
The hottest month on record is July 2019, which saw an average land and ocean temperature of 62.08 degrees.
Last month marked the 44th consecutive July and 427th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th century average.
The 20th century average land and ocean temperature is 60.4 degrees.
Nine of the 10 warmest Julys have happened in the last decade.
6 of the warmest Julys have happened in the last 6 years.
Since the beginning of the year, the land and ocean surface temperature is 58.79 degrees.
Scientists determined that's only 0.07 degrees lower than the 2016 record.
Here in Fort Wayne, our average temperature last month was 76.9 degrees, which is 3.3 degrees above the average.
That made it the 15th warmest on record.
11 90 degree or higher days happened during the month.
That's the most since 2012, where we saw 20 90 degree days or higher.
The National Snow and Ice Data Center determined that Arctic sea ice extent was the smallest July extent in the last 42 years.
You can read more from the report here.