July was one of the three hottest months of July since records began, as it was marked by intense and drawn-out heatwaves around Europe, alongside the lowest recorded sea ice surface area for the month in the Antarctic.
According to the Copernicus Climate Change Service, this July was slightly warmer than 2016 and cooler than 2019 but the margin was too small to make clear ranking possible.
The World Meteorological Organization also noted that last month was zero.five degrees Celsius higher on average.
Meanwhile, amid intense heat and low precipitation, the European Drought Observatory says 60 percent of Europe and the UK are facing a drought.
It said that 45 percent of the region is at "warning" level, while 15 percent of the region is at the highest "alert" level.
"Warning" means there's a deficit in soil moisture, while "alert" means crops are stressed and damaged due to the lack of rain.