A U.S. national weather analysis has confirmed a fact that is all too obvious to many people sweltering through this stifling summer. Thus far, 2010 is the world’s hottest year on record, taking over the top spot from 1998.
Abnormally high temperatures have been recorded in Canada, Africa, tropical oceans and regions of the Middle East, with nations such as Britain, Thailand and Israel suffering severe droughts.
A La Nina weather pattern expected later this year could bring cooler weather globally, however it often translates into hotter and drier weather in the U.S. Midwestern farm belt, which could be detrimental to corn and soy bean crops.