Last July was the third hottest July registered worldwide, according to data from the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service. Only in 2016 and 2019 was it warmer in July.

The temperature measurements of the Copernicus Climate Change Service date back to the mid-19th century. "It has become warmer worldwide and in all months," said scientist Freja Vamborg of Copernicus.

Heat records were broken in the U.S. states of New Mexico and Texas last month, and the hottest July since 1902 was recorded in Bahrain. In the Arctic, the lowest sea ice level was recorded last month in July since 1979.

The global heat is partly linked to the forest fires in Siberia in June, where permafrost thawed, releasing a lot of carbon.

Not only is the Netherlands bracing for a heat wave in the coming days, it is also getting hot in France and Belgium. In Italy, some roads have been closed in the Alps this weekend, as glacial ice may melt due to high temperatures.

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