Year-to-date readings also rank as 6th-warmest
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — The global temperature for July 2013 was 1.10 degrees (all temperatures in Fahrenheit) above the 20th century average, making it the sixth-warmest July on record, according to the National Climatic Data Center.
Nearly every part of Earth reported temperatures well above average with the exception of a few pockets, notably the southeastern and central U.S. and parts of India.
The year to date (January-July) is also ranked as the sixth-warmest on record, with the global land surface temperatures running 1.73 degrees above the 20th century average.
Several regions in both the northern and southern hemispheres reported record and near-record temperatures. Much of western Europe, for example, was very warm in July, including Austria, which experienced its second-warmest July on record (tied with 1983), with the nationally averaged temperature a full 4 degrees above the 1981-2020 norm. Salzburg and Upper Austria set maximum temperature records on July 28.
Austria observed its driest July since national precipitation records began in 1858, with just 35 percent of the 1981-2010 average. Several regions received only 5 to 20 percent of their typical July rainfall.
Down Under, Australia reported its third-warmest July since record-keeping started in 1901, at 2.63 degrees above the 1961-1990 average. Tasmania (off the southern coast of Australia) reported its warmest-ever July, with an average temperature that was 2.30 degrees above average.
It was the second-warmest July on record for the southern hemisphere overall, behind 1998.
Information compiled from the NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: Global Analysis for July 2013, published online August 2013, retrieved on August 20, 2013 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2013/07/.