Absurdly hot October

Washington - Even in a record-breaking hot year for Earth, October stood out as absurdly warm.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that last month globally was 14.98°C. That's the hottest October on record by a third of a degree over the old mark, a large margin for weather records.

October's temperature was the most above-normal month in history. It was 0.98°C above the 20th-century average.

This was the eighth month this year when a heat record was set. That's a record number of broken records in any year. Records go back to 1880.

NOAA climate scientist Jessica Blunden said 2015 will be the hottest year on record. She blamed a potent El Nino on top of accelerating man-made global warming.

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