Feds: July was hottest month in recorded history

July was Earth's hottest month in recorded history.

Global temperatures averaged 61.86 degrees Fahrenheit last month. That beat monthly highs set in 1998 and 2010 by about 1/7 of a degree.

The first seven months of this year are the hottest January to July span on record.

The federal government began keeping weather records in 1880.
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