The July global weather statistics have been analyzed, and for the 329th month in a row the Earth's average temperature exceeded its average during the past century.
The July weather analysis by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration determined that the global average temperature in July was 61.52 degrees, or 1.12 degrees above the 20th century average.
Last month was the fourth-warmest July since record-keeping began in 1880. Monthly global temperatures have been above average since February 1985.
The areas with the most unusual July heat were the United States, Canada and southeastern Europe.
In the United States, July was the warmest month on record since record-keeping began in 1895. About two-thirds of the lower 48 states were in drought at the end of July, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration