Record-breaking heat has been posted for last month by the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), in the U.S.
August 2016 has been declared the hottest August on record, which has also extended the current streak of warm months to 16 – also breaking records.
In their 137 years of temperature observation, there has never been such a lengthy period of consecutive hot months, according to the NOAA.
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The average temperature in August worldwide was 1.66 degrees above the 20th century average, and 0.09 degrees above the previous hottest August – which was 2015.
“Five of the six continents had at least a top ten warm August, with Africa and Asia observing a record high average temperature for August since continental records began in 1910,” NOAA said in their report.
Every month of 2016 has set a new record for warmth, leading researchers to predict it to end as the hottest year on record – overall 0.29 degrees warmer than averages in 2015.
While heat in the earlier months of the year could be due to reported anomalies reported such as a strong El Niño – the warm temperatures are yet to drop.
El Niño occurs when heat from the tropical Pacific Ocean is released into the atmosphere.
You can check out the remainder of that report here.