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July ties, if not beats, hottest month on record: UN chief

The toll of record-breaking heat throughout the world
WATCH: The toll of record-breaking heat throughout the world

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

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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 Nino’s ever,” which was not the case this year.

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Britain’s weather service says 10 hottest years in country have happened since 2002
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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.”

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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.”