(NBC NEWS) – July was the warmest month ever on record worldwide, according to a recent global climate report by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
NOAA released the report Thursday with more than three months to go before world leaders seek to reach a climate agreement in Paris.
One of the goals of the U.N climate talks is to stop global temperatures from rising more than 3.6 degrees above pre-industrial levels, which scientists say is the limit beyond which the world will suffer worsening floods, droughts, storms and rising seas.
NOAA said that many countries and the world’s oceans experienced heatwaves in July. The Earth’s oceans temperature also hit a record high in July.
July in Raleigh was actually cooler than normal. The average daytime high was 89. Normal average highs for the month of July are 90. July had 16 90-degree days.
WNCN contributed to this article