According to figures released by the US government recently, last month was the hottest September for globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces since records began in 1880.
The report was complied by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A spokesperson for the administration said: “It also marked the 38th consecutive September with a global temperature above the 20th Century average,”. The report was based on data which combined average temperature over land and ocean surfaces, NOAA found a record high for September at 15.72 Celsius (0.72C) above the 20th Century average.
They also said: “With the exception of February, every month to date in 2014 has been among its four warmest on record, with May, June, August and September all record warm,”.
It is believed that most of the land on Earth was warmer than normal last month, apart from areas such as central Russia, eastern and northern Canada, and a small region in Namibia.
The report also found that “Record warmth was notable in much of northwestern Africa, coastal regions of southeastern South America, southwestern Australia, parts of the Middle East, and regions of southeastern Asia.”
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