Meteorologists: July follows June as warmest month on record globally

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The months of June and July are now in the record books as the hottest months in history globally, according to meteorologists.

Cities like Paris recorded temperatures of 109 degrees. In Greenland, 11 billion tons of ice was lost in one day from temperatures in the 70s. Summers are getting hotter, and experts say that there are reasons to believe that this is the new norm.

"What this really speaks to the larger point of planetary warming, we're starting to see the arctic respond in a way that really dominates the rest of the world,” says Sean Sublette, a Climate Central meteorologist. “The ice that's melting in Greenland, the sea ice that melts in the arctic. These things kind of feedback on themselves.”

These warmer temperatures are also being felt in New Jersey. July saw 23 days with at least one spot reporting a 90-degree reading. The overall average temperature was three degrees above normal.

July 21 was the hottest day in New Jersey, with Harrison and Atlantic City reaching over 100 degrees. It was the seventh-warmest July ever for New Jersey, according to records.

“A lot of times with the heat comes the increase in humidity, and that's going to breed more mosquitoes,” says Sublette. “This ultimately leads into more weeds, more poison ivy, those kinds of things.”

The increased heat in the Garden State will also make growing corn, tomatoes and blueberries more difficult. There will also be the increased demand for electricity during heatwaves.

“Temperatures going above 105 degrees in Western Europe is without precedent,” says Sublette.

Many of the warmest months on record have all happened within the last decade.

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