WASHINGTON – The month of November was the hottest experienced on Earth since record-keeping began in 1880, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday.
The finding was based on globally averaged land and ocean surface temperatures last month, the NOAA said in a statement.
“The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for November 2013 was record highest for the 134-year period of record,” NOAA said.
The average temperature was 13.8 degrees, above the 20th-century average of 12.9 degrees, NOAA said.
It was also the 37th November in a row with worldwide temperatures above the 20th-century average.