Early 2017 Continues to Set Heat Records

Early 2017 is continuing to set global heat records, according to independent monthly analyses of global temperatures at scientists by NOAA Centers for Environmental Information and NASA a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. Global surface temperatures are a key climate change indicator.

March was the second warmest March on record in the last 137 years. The warmest March on record was last year, in 2016, when it was 1.27°C warmer than the March mean temperature. March 2017’s temperature was 0.15°C cooler than March 2016, but 0.2°C warmer than any previous March.

February was the second hottest on record for the planet. The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for February 2017 was 0.98°C (1.76°F) above the 20th century average of 12.1°C (53.9°F) — the second highest for February in the 137-year period of record. February 2017 trails only behind the record set in 2016, which was +1.20°C (+2.16°F) above the 20th Century average. February 2015 was the third highest on record.

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