This past July was the globe’s warmest month in the 136 years officials have been tracking temperatures.
According to NASA scientists, 2016 is also shaping up to be the warmest year on record.
The animated chart above visualizes the global temperature anomalies for every month since 1880. Each line shows how much the global monthly temperature was above or below the annual global mean between 1980 and 2015.
The long-term warming trend has been driven by rising concentrations of heat-trapping carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. “While the El Niño event in the tropical Pacific this winter gave a boost to global temperatures from October onwards,” said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. “It is the underlying trend which is producing these record numbers.”
Researchers said July’s warmer global temperatures were more pronounced in the northern hemisphere.
Connecticut has experienced record-breaking high temperatures this year.
Some this summer, but many in the winter.
Hartford residents were hit with three days of record-breaking heat in the mid- to high 90s.
There were also multiple days with record-high temperatures from December through March.
On the west side of the state, Stratford only had one record-breaking day of heat in July. But like Hartford, there were multiple days that broke records during the winter months.
Over in New London and Groton, residents didn’t experience any record-breaking summer days. Only some in the winter.