If last month felt like a scorcher, it was with good reason: July was Earth’s hottest month on record, according to new data from Nasa.

The latest figures on surface temperature from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies show the global average last month was the hottest since records began in 1880.

July was 0.84 degrees Celsius higher than the month’s historical average during a base period from 1951 to 1980. It was also 0.11 degrees Celsius higher than the previous record from July 2015.

Gavin Schmidt, climate scientist and director of the Goddard Institute, said in a tweet that last month “was absolutely the hottest month since the instrumental records began.”

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