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8 other facts about rising global temperatures

Published on Jun 24, 2014 4:46 PM
 
A boy throws to the basket as the setting sun illuminates low clouds at an outdoor basketball court in Sydney's beachside suburb of Cronulla, on June 12, 2014. According to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology, Sydney has recorded its warmest May on record, with mean maximum temperatures of 23.2 deg C, 3.8 deg C above the historical average and 0.5 deg C above the previous record, set in 2007. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

If you were feeling extra hot under the collar last month, it wasn't just your imagination.

May 2014 had the highest temperature of all previous Mays in recorded history, according to data from the National Climatic Data Centre and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

With the world getting warmer, we tell you eight other interesting facts about rising global temperatures:

1. The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for the month of May this year was 0.74 deg C higher than the 20th century average of 14.8 deg C.

 
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