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It's Official: August Was the 16th Consecutive Record-Breaking Hottest Month

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It's Official: August Was the 16th Consecutive Record-Breaking Hottest Month

August was the 16th consecutive record warm-month, the longest ever recorded, with average temperatures 1.66 F above the 20th century average and 0.09 F warmer than last August.

NASA Earth Observatory chart based on data from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.Joshua Stevens

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data shows it was also the hottest summer on record, as June-August temperatures averaged 2.18 F above the 20th century average in the same period. The summer featured an "increasing number and a disturbing number" of extreme weather events, many of which bore classic signatures of climate change.

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