The first seven months of 2017 have been the hottest on record for Florida, according to a report released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
According to the monthly climate report, the average temperature so far this year is 72.2 degrees, a whopping 2.8 degrees above the 20th century average.
Records date back 123 years.
For a portion of the state that includes Palm Beach County, 2017 has been the second warmest on record.
Florida climatologist David Zierden said July’s above average temperature of 82.6 degrees – 1.6 degrees above the historic average – makes for 18 consecutive months of warmer than normal temperatures.
The July average temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 75.7 degrees, 2.1 degrees above the 20th century average and was the 10th warmest July in 123 years of record-keeping.
When Florida reached the halfway point in June as record warm, it was called “significant.”
“It’s significant because we are observing a warming world and this kind of fits into the context of that,” said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist with the National Centers for Environmental Information.
The Climate Prediction Center’s three month forecast calls for above average chances of warmer weather for Florida through October.