March set another heat global record

As Earth continues to warm and is influenced by phenomena such as El Niño, global temperature records are piling up and March set another heat global record.

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information announced for 2016 year to date (January-March), that the average temperature for the globe was 2.07 degrees F above the 20th-century average.

This was the highest temperature for this period in the 1880–2016 record, surpassing the previous record set in 2015 by 0.50 degrees F.

For March, the average temperature for the globe was 2.20 degrees F above the 20th century average. This was not only the highest for the month of March in the 1880-2016 record, but also the highest monthly temperature departure among all months on record, surpassing the previous all-time record set last month by 0.02 degrees F. March also marked the 11th consecutive month a monthly global temperature record has been broken, and is the longest such streak in NOAA’s 137-year climate record.

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