August marks 16th month of record heat for Earth

South Florida was not alone in suffering a sweltering August.

It seems the entire Earth sweated through the month with average land and ocean surface temperatures marking the hottest August on record dating back 137 years.

It was the 16th consecutive month of record warm temperatures, the longest streak of searing heat since records began in 1880.

In a report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, scientists said August temperature across the globe were 1.66 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average.

It surpassed the previous record holder – August 2015 – by 0.09 degrees.

The report also notes that this summer and year-to-date have also been record hot.

If the trend continues, it’s likely 2016 will surpass 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history.


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