This balances the rise in June, so it is still warm. Canada and India are still to report, but I am posting today, because the next few days will be busy for me. The detailed report is here. The result is almost exactly in line with the drop reported here in the NCEP/NCAR index. The RSS troposphere index showed a drop of about 0.1°C. So it looks likely that July really was cooler. The main features seem to be, as with the NCEP/NCAR index, warmth around the Mediterranean, and cold in NW Russia and N Europe. Fairly cool in E N America. In time, the NCAR index showed a cool spell early-mid July. Maps below the fold.
Update - with most data now in, the result is much the same.
In other news, Arctic ice has been melting fairly briskly; currently it stands about equal to 2011, but with more ice than 2007 or 2012.
Here is the spherical harmonics plot from the report
For comparison, here is the similar map for the NCEP/NCAR index, to the same 1951-80 base:
It looks a lot redder, mainly because I have used GISS data to put it on a 1951-80 base, which had a generally greater rise since then. Also the spherical harmonics smooth out extremes. TempLS shows cold in India, where ground stations have not reported. This may be spurious and make a small increase in the average when the land results come in.
Here is the attribution plot. Compared with June, there is a further rise in SST, but weaker land contributions, and continuing cold in Antarctica contributing to the result. This may mean that GISS and NOAA, which have a large SST component, may show as relatively warmer, although TempLS should be equally sensitive to SST.