If you can't remember a hotter month than the one you just sweated through, there's a reason. Federal scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the United States. Just how satanically scorching was it? Go crouch beside the A/C and scan these stats:

Average July temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, in the lower 48 states

Average temperature in the previous record month, July, 1936, which cursed Americans during the devastating Dust Bowl summer

Years the U.S. government has been keeping nationwide temperature records

Degrees by which this July beat the 20th century average for the month

Number of the 48 contiguous states in which this July was among the 10 hottest months, statewide, of all time

Percent of U.S. states that officially experienced a drought in July

Inches of rainfall below normal (2.57 inches) seen across the lower 48 states in July

Percentage drop in corn yields expected due to the drought, the worst since 1956

2 million
Acres consumed by wildfire in July (half a million above normal)

Number of consecutive months in which the U.S. has broken the mark for the hottest 12-month period ever recorded

Average temperature, Fahrenheit, over the 12-month period ending on July 31

Consecutive months of above-average temperatures worldwide, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Sources: Bloomberg, Reuters, Washington Post, Weather.com