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July was world’s hottest month on record, WMO says

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The latest data from the World Meteorological Organization shows that the month of July "at least equalled if not surpassed the hottest month in recorded history."

A person sunbathes on dry grass during a heat wave in Vienna last month. The World Meteorological Organization announced Thursday that July was the world's hottest month on record. (Lisi Niesner/Reuters)

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the latest data from the World Meteorological Organization shows that the month of July "at least equalled if not surpassed the hottest month in recorded history" — and it followed the hottest June ever.

The UN chief told reporters Thursday that "this is even more significant because the previous hottest month, July 2016, occurred during one of the strongest El Niño's ever," which was not the case this year.

.<a href="https://twitter.com/WMO?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WMO</a> data shows July at least equaled if not surpassed the hottest month in recorded history.<br>“Preventing irreversible climate disruption is the race of our lives and for our lives. It is a race we can and must win”, <a href="https://twitter.com/antonioguterres?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@antonioguterres</a> says . <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClimateActionNow?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ClimateActionNow</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ClimateEmergency?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ClimateEmergency</a> <a href="https://t.co/lZVTeZV8vp">pic.twitter.com/lZVTeZV8vp</a>

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Guterres said this means the world is on track for the period from 2015 to 2019 "to be the five hottest years on record."

He warned that if all nations don't take action now to tackle climate change and global warming, extreme weather events happening now will be "just the tip of the iceberg."

People collect water from the public fountain in front of the Pantheon in Rome last month. Parts of Europe saw record-high temperatures in July as much of the continent was trapped in a heat wave, the second in two months. (Andrew Medichini/The Associated Press)

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