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WMO: July is one of the hottest months on record

July is one of the three hottest months ever recorded in the world, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This is despite the weak La Niña phenomenon that should have a cooling effect.

A meteorologist warns that the heat wave that hit much of Europe last month will continue into his August. They note that July has been drier than average in many parts of Europe, adversely affecting local economies and agriculture and increasing the risk of wildfires.

WMO spokeswoman Clare Nullis said the UK Met Office had issued another warning of heat build-up throughout the week. However, she said temperatures are not expected to reach the record extremes of over 40 degrees Celsius seen in July. This week in France temperatures are well above normal, in Switzerland they are well above average in many parts of Switzerland and, as I said, we have seen in July Continuing the trend, Spain posted its hottest month ever in July, which meant that July was not only the hottest month, but the hottest on record."

Nullis He said Europe and the rest of the world will have to get used to and adapt to what WMO Executive Director Petteri Taalas has called the "new normal."

With Europe sweltering in extreme heat in her July, the WMO reports Antarctic sea ice has reached its lowest level recorded in her July. . This follows record low sea ice levels in June. Europe saw a lot of heat in July, Nullis notes, but so did a big chunk of Antarctica.

“It is important to keep in mind that Antarctica has significant monthly and year-to-year variability. , does not necessarily mean that this is a long-term irreversible trend."

The WMO reports that parts of Europe will also continue to experience prolonged droughts. It warned that below-normal rainfall in many parts of Europe could trigger or exacerbate drought conditions and increase the likelihood of more wildfires.