MIAMI: The world broke new heat records in July, marking the hottest month in history and the warmest first seven months of the year since modern record-keeping began in 1880, US authorities said on Thursday (Friday in Manila). The findings by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) showed a troubling trend, as the planet continues to warm due to the burning of fossil fuels, and scientists expect the scorching temperatures to get worse. “The world is warming. It is continuing to warm. That is being shown time and time again in our data,” said Jake Crouch, physical scientist at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. The month’s average temperature across land and sea surfaces worldwide was 61.86 degrees Fahrenheit (16.61 degress Celsius), marking the hottest July ever. The previous record for July was set in 1998.