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July 2017 Average Has the ‘Second-Highest Average Temperature

July 2017 Average Global Temperature was the ‘Second-Highest Average Temperature for July in the 138-year Climate Record, trailing last year,’ according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which found that “… the year-to-date average temperature was 1.62 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 56.9 degrees. This was the second-warmest for this period, a quarter of a degree behind the record set in 2016 … The globally averaged land-surface temperature (warmest for the month of July) and the sea-surface temperature (third warmest for July) ranked second highest on record for the year to date … The average Arctic sea ice extent (coverage) for July was 16.1 percent below the 1981-2010 average, the fifth smallest for the month since satellite records began in 1979. The average Antarctic sea ice extent was 4.5 percent below average, the smallest on record for July …”

Document Title: The title of the August 17, 2017 NOAA News Release is “Globe had 2nd warmest July and year to date on record; Antarctic sea ice hits record low in July, and Arctic ice coverage remains small”

Organization: NOAA Press Office

Source: August 17, 2017 NOAA News Release

Web site: The August 17, 2017 NOAA News Release is posted at

The August 17, 2017 NOAA “Global Climate Report – July 2017” is posted at
* A Summary is posted at

Contact: Questions may be directed to the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information by e-mail at

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