News reports Friday say July 2019 “was the hottest month on record,” according to provisional data from the the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service.

July 2019 “will be about 2.16 degrees (1.2 Celsius) more than preindustrial levels,” the provisional data showed, The Hill reported.

“We have always lived through hot summers. But this is not the summer of our youth. This is not your grandfather’s summer,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said when he announced the data, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

Here at home, the National Weather Service said records were broken last month, too:

  • A record-high temperature of 91 degrees was tied in Honolulu on July 17, the old record having occurred in 1995.
  • In Lihue, the temperature of 88 degrees on July 30 tied the old record in 2017.
  • In Kahului, the temperature of 94 degrees on July 16 broke the old record of 93 degrees set in 1968.
  • In Hilo on July 6, the temperature of 88 degrees on July 6 tied this old record set in 2008.

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