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May global temperature hits all-time high

Published on Jun 23, 2014 11:55 PM
 
Swimmers jump into a river to seek relief from the hot weather in Rong'an county, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on June 16, 2014. Last month was so hot it set a new record for the planet, marking the warmest May over land and water since record-keeping began in 1880, US authorities said Monday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Last month was so hot it set a new record for the planet, marking the warmest May over land and water since record-keeping began in 1880, US authorities said Monday.

The combined average temperature across the globe was 59.93°F (15.54°C), or 1.33°F (0.74°C) above the 20th century average, said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The previous record for May was set in 2010.

"The majority of the world experienced warmer-than-average monthly temperatures, with record warmth across eastern Kazakhstan, parts of Indonesia, and central and northwestern Australia," NOAA said.

The findings are part of an ongoing trend of rising global warmth.

 
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