July was the hottest month worldwide since records began being kept in 1880, the
The temperature in July, when averaged for all locations around the planet, was 61.86 degrees, topping the previous hottest months of July 1998 and July 2010.
July is typically the hottest month of the year.
Much of western and central Europe was extremely hot. Several cities in Austria sweltered to their hottest month ever recorded in the country's 249-year period of records. Spain had its hottest July on record, while France had its third-warmest July.
Germany and the United Kingdom both broke all-time July heat records.
Bandar Mahshahr, Iran, set one the most extreme heat records ever measured in the world on July 31. According to media reports, the city's air temperature of 115, combined with a dew point of 90 degrees, created a heat index of 165, NOAA said.
In Africa, July's average temperature was the second highest, behind July 2002, NOAA said.
The United States was one of the few areas that didn't see the extreme heat, along with portions of western Asia. The USA did have a slightly warmer-than-average July, but no states set a record high, according to NOAA.