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2010 may be hottest year on record

Last month was the second warmest July on record, and so far 2010 remains on track to be the hottest year, a US climate data centre has revealed.

The National Climatic Data Centre said that worldwide, the average temperature in July was 16.5C (61.6F). Only July 1998 was hotter since record-keeping began more than a century ago.

And the January-July period was the warmest first seven months of any year on record, averaging 14.5C (58.1F). In second place was January-July of 1998.

The report comes after a month of worldwide extremes including floods, fires, melting ice and feverish heat.

Atmospheric scientists have grown increasingly concerned about human-induced global warming in recent years, though political pressures and fierce arguments about climate change have slowed efforts to develop solutions.


From Belfast Telegraph