Earth sets 9th straight monthly heat record

2016-02-18 05:43
A boy tries to cool down in Jammu. (Channi Anand, AP)

A boy tries to cool down in Jammu. (Channi Anand, AP)

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Washington - The January figures are in, and Earth's string of hottest-months-on-record has now reached nine in a row. But NASA said January stood out: The temperature was above normal by the highest margin of any month on record.

NASA said January 2016 was 1.13°C above normal.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which calculates temperatures differently, said January's average global temperature was a record 13°C, which is 1.04°C above normal. NOAA says this was above normal by the second biggest margin in history; the greatest was this past December.

NASA chief climate scientist Gavin Schmidt blamed the record heat mostly on man-made climate change, with an assist from El Nino.

Records go back to 1880.

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