STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — — The year 2010 is on track to become the hottest year on record since modern record keeping began, according to climate researchers at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

This follows confirmation that the first seven months of 2010 were the warmest since 1880, when the modern climate record began.

Worldwide, July was the second warmest July on record with an average temperature of 16.5 C (61.7 F). The warmest July recorded was July 1998.

But for land alone, July 2010 was the warmest on record.

All-time national record high temperatures were reached during July in Finland, Belarus and Ukraine due to the strength of severe European heat waves.

Moscow, Russia, had its highest temperature ever at 38.2 C, or 100.8 F.

Other nations reaching their highest-ever temperatures included Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Cypress, Chad, Sudan, Niger, Myanmar, Colombia and even the Solomon Islands.

By Jim Andrews, Meteorologist

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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