Earth just had its hottest August on record, NASA finds

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Published on: September 14, 2016

Mashable / Andrew Freedman / 13 September 2016

august-2016-temp-anomAugust 2016 was the warmest such month on record, according to preliminary data released by NASA on Monday. This further ensures that the year will beat 2015 for the dubious title of the warmest year on record.

In addition, August tied July for the distinction of being the hottest month of any month on record, according to a NASA statement released on Monday. This was unexpected, since the planet’s seasonal temperature cycle typically peaks in July, but global warming and natural climate variability has thrown that off, at least for this year.

The temperature record also means that those in the Northern Hemisphere can say they just lived through the hottest summer on Earth, while residents of the Southern Hemisphere would refer to it as the globe’s warmest winter.

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