By Elisha Fieldstadt
It wasn’t your imagination, July was in fact the hottest ever.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday announced that July 2019 was Earth’s hottest month on record, with global temperatures averaging 62.13 degrees, which is 1.71 degrees about the 20th-century average.
This year’s July bested 2016’s July for the hottest month on record by .05 degrees. Records date back to 1880.
The areas that had the most notable departures from their normal July high temperatures were Alaska, central Europe, northern and southwestern parts of Asia, and parts of Africa and Australia.