"NSIDC: Arctic ice melts quickly through July"
Arctic sea ice extent for the month of July was the third lowest for that month in the satellite record, after 2007 and 2006. The average rate of melt in July 2009 was nearly identical to that of July 2007. A strong high-pressure system, similar to the atmospheric pattern that dominated the summer of 2007, brought warm winds and clear skies to the western Arctic, promoting ice melt.
You can read more of the National Snow and Ice Data Center’s update here. Breaking the 2007 sea ice area record seems unlikely, as NSIDC explains in the update. But breaking the 2008 sea ice volume record is still a serious possibility (see “Will we see record low Arctic ice VOLUME this year?“).