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World Breaks Monthly Heat Record 2 Times in a Row

Posted at: 07/21/2014 11:33 AM
By: SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer


Photo: NASA photo

WASHINGTON (AP) - The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month's average global temperature was 61.2 degrees, which is 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. It beat 2010's old record by one-twentieth of a degree.

NOAA climate monitoring chief Derek Arndt said the record was driven by unusually hot oceans, especially the Pacific and Indian oceans.

Heat records broke on every continent but Antarctica, especially in New Zealand, northern South America, Greenland, central Africa and southern Asia.

The United States had only its 33rd hottest June.

Global temperature records go back to 1880 and this is the 352nd hotter than average month in a row.

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