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The past month of July was one of the hottest in history, France Press reported, citing the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which is part of the UN structure and is located in Geneva. 

"The world had one of the three warmest Julys on record. Of course, as we all know, a prolonged and very intense heat wave has affected parts of Europe," WMO spokeswoman Claire Newley told a news conference.

According to data from the European Climate Change Service "Copernicus", last July was slightly cooler than in 2019, but also slightly warmer than July 2016.

Unprecedented drought in Western Europe

"But the difference between them is really very small," noted the WCO spokeswoman.

According to Newley, it is "less than the margin of error".

The temperature recorded in the last month was 0.4 degrees Celsius higher than that recorded during the reference period 1991-2020. And this despite the presence of the natural phenomenon La Niña, which, according to the WMO, "is supposed to have a cooling effect".

The meteorological organization believes that July 2022 did not break the record, with below-average temperatures recorded in some regions of the world along the western Indian Ocean, from the Horn of Africa to southern India, in large part from Central Asia, as well as in more extensive areas in Australia.

The British Met Office has warned of extreme heat in parts of England and Wales

In addition to the heat wave, some parts of the world are also affected by severe drought.

According to the WMO, July was drier than average across much of Europe, larger areas of North and South America, and parts of Central Asia and Australia.   

However, wetter than average conditions were recorded in the eastern part of Russia, northern China and a wide area stretching from East Africa to the northwestern areas of India through Asia, adds BTA.


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