Earth Had Hottest January In Recorded History To Start 2020

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The planet experienced its hottest January in recorded history last month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday.

It was the 44th consecutive January, and the 421st consecutive month, with temperatures above the 20th century average, according to NOAA. The milestone is just the latest in a string of climate records set in recent years.

The average temperature across land and ocean surfaces in January was the highest in NOAA’s 141 years of climate records, surpassing the 20th-century average of 53.6 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius) by 2.05 degrees F (1.14 degrees C).

The new milestone highlights a worrisome trend as the planet continues to warm at an accelerated pace. The four warmest Januaries on record have all occurred since 2016, and the 10 warmest Januaries have occurred since 2002, according to NOAA.

Last month bested January 2016, which previously held the record for warmest January, by only 0.04 degrees F (0.02 degrees C).


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