This July Was the Hottest Month Ever Recorded

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Like the Nelly song, it's starting to get "Hot in Herre," and there's science to back it up.

This past July was the hottest month in recorded history according to NASA. July 2016 was the warmest month in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures.

So if you were thinking it's been a little hotter this summer season, you were on to something.

So why was July so hot you ask? Scientists believe that burning fossil fuel along with the help of El Nino lead to this sudden spike in heat.

“It wasn’t by the widest of margins, but July 2016 was the warmest month since modern record keeping began in 1880,” said NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies Director Gavin Schmidt. “It appears almost a certainty that 2016 also will be the warmest year on record.”

NASA says this is the 10th record hot month in a row and climate scientist Chris Field thinks “the scary thing is that we are moving into an era where it will be a surprise when each new month or year isn’t one of the hottest on record.”

NASA's five hottest months on record are July 2016, July 2011, July 2015, July 2009, and August 2014. July 2015 was during an El Nino.

The new record and all the records that have fallen prior, tell one cohesive story: the planet is getting warmer and it could have a big impact on our future.