Published On: Fri, Feb 14th, 2020

Last Month Was The Hottest January In Recorded Human History, Data Shows

A glacier in the ocean.

Last month was the hottest January in recorded human history, with newly released data showing a worldwide rise in temperatures that is raising concerns about the acceleration of climate change.

Data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed that the average temperatures across the world’s land and ocean surfaces was the highest in the 141 years that records have been kept, the Guardian reported. The report noted that the first month of 2020 followed much the same pattern of the previous year, which was the second-hottest on record since the start of reliable measurements. The warming trend extends back further as well, with the last five years and decade being measured as the hottest in 150 years of record-keeping the report added.

As the report added, the warming trend brought unusually high temperatures to some areas normally very cold in January.

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Last Month Was The Hottest January In Recorded Human History, Data Shows