January 2020 was the hottest in modern recorded history, NOAA says

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Last month has been named the hottest January in 141 years of recorded climate history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
January 2020 was the hottest in modern recorded history, NOAA says There has never been a warmer January in 141 years of climate records.



The global land and ocean surface temperature in January was the highest on record for the month at 2.05 degrees Fahrenheit, surpassing a record set in 2016, NOAA scientists said in a press release Thursday. No land or ocean areas had record cold January temperatures.

This map shows where January 2020 temperatures were warmer (red) or cooler (blue) than the 1981-2010 average across the contiguous United States. climate.gov

The four warmest Januarys documented in the climate record have all occurred since 2016, while the 10 warmest have occurred since 2002.

January 2020 also marked the 44th consecutive January and the 421st consecutive month overall with temperatures above the 20th century average, according to the release.

Record-warm temperatures were experienced across parts of Scandinavia, Asia, the Indian Ocean, the central and western Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, and Central and South…
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