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Last Month Was the Hottest August Yet in North America and Europe

China also set a new record for August, and 2022 is now on track to rank among the 10 hottest years on record

Pedestrians cross a road, during a heat wave, in the City London, UK, on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. 

Pedestrians cross a road, during a heat wave, in the City London, UK, on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. 

Photographer: Jose Sarmento Matos/Bloomberg

The extreme weather and high temperatures that dominated August, evaporating rivers and eliminating ice, pushed the month to record-breaking status for both Europe and North America, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The two regions join China, which experienced its hottest summer on record, marked by an extended heat wave and persistent dry conditions.

On a worldwide basis, NOAA ranked last month as the sixth-warmest August since it began tracking data in 1880. The latest findings make it virtually certain that 2022 will be among the 10 hottest years in the US scientific agency’s  dataset; all of the warmest years have occurred since 2005. NOAA’s new projections make it unlikely that 2022 will claim a spot in the top five hottest years, which have all occurred since 2015.