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2014 may be the hottest year on record ever globally: US agency

2014 may be the hottest year on record ever globally: US agency

The average global temperature between January and October has been 0.68 degree Celsius higher than average global temperature of the 20th century.

According to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the first ten months of 2014 have been the hottest in the last 130 years. The US agency has said that 2014 is turning out to be the hottest year since record keeping began in 1880.

The average global temperature between January and October has been 0.68 degree Celsius higher than average global temperature of the 20th century. "The record high October temperature was driven by warmth across the globe over both the land and ocean surfaces and was fairly evenly distributed between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres," the report states.

The most recent 12-month period, November 2013-October 2014, broke the record (set just last month) for the all-time warmest 12-month period in the 135-year period of record at 0.68°C above average, with November 2013 and May, June, August, September, and October 2014 all record warm for their respective months.

Globally, the average land surface temperature was the fifth highest on record for October, at 1.05°C above the 20th century average. Record warmth in much of southern South America and large parts of southern and western Australia contributed to the record high average land surface temperature in the Southern Hemisphere.

The agency's observation has indicated a dangerous trend as far as global warming is concerned.

first published:December 01, 2014, 08:46 IST