July set a record in the U.S. It was the hottest month in the lower 48 states since the government began keeping temperature records in 1895.
Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during that period was 77.6 degrees Fahrenheit—3.3 degrees above the 20th century average.
Borger, Texas, and Gage, Oklahoma, both hit 113 degrees on June 26, while in Fort Smith, Arkansas, the mercury rose to 115 degrees on August 3.
The planet is indeed, getting hotter.