Scientists have revealed that July 2014 was the fourth warmest July on recorded history since temperature tracking started in 1880.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released a report, which suggests that the month of July in 2005, 2010 and 1998 were warmer than this year's July.
Scientists reveal that eight of the warmest July's have been recorded in the last 10 years. The NOAA report reveal that the combined average temperature on Earth's land and on the planet's ocean surfaces for July 2014 was recorded at 0.64 degrees Celsius or 1.15 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average of 15.8 degrees Celsius or 60.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
The NOAA report suggests that the land surface temperatures in this year's July was 0.74 degree Celsius above average. Similarly, the ocean surface temperature has also seen a rise this July and reports suggest that the ocean surface temperature was 0.59 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average.
"The global land surface temperature was the 10th highest for July in the 135-year period of record, but also the coolest since 2009, at 0.74°C (1.33°F) higher than the 20th century average. Nine of the 10 warmest July land surface temperatures have occurred during the 21st century," per the NOAA report.
While many regions across the globe experienced increased temperature in July this year, some U.S. states in the Midwest like Arkansas and Indiana reported the coolest July in recorded history. The report notes that the coolest July in Arkansas was previously reported in 1967; however, July 2014 has become the coolest recorded July for the state.
Some scientists say that the increase in global temperature is a result of global warming. The NOAA report also points out that the combined ocean and land average surface temperatures from January to July this year was 0.66 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average, which sits at 13.8 degrees Celsius. The average temperature of the period is the same as recorded in 2002.
The NOAA report states that south-eastern Australia reported a record high temperature from January to July this year. Some parts of western and northern Europe, sections of western North America and several parts of far eastern Russia also reported having experienced high temperature during the first seven months of this year.
North America's Lake Superior area reported record cold during the same period.