The Earth experienced its hottest January in recorded history this past month, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The NOAA report showed that January 2020 marked the 44th consecutive January and the 421st consecutive month with nominal temperatures above the 20th-Century average.
The four warmest January months on record all happened since 2016, with all of the 10 warmest since 2002, NOAA said.
Owing to the rising land and ocean temperature across the globe, the scientists at the National Centers for Environmental Information, believe that 2020 will be one of the five warmest years recorded so far. Arctic sea ice, which continues to decline at alarming rates, was 5.3 percent below the 1981-2010 average.
And they beat January 2016 - the hottest January since records began in 1880 - by a narrow 0.04 degrees. Almost the entire nation had above-average temperatures in January.
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NOAA isn't the only US agency to produce monthly climate reports.
The temperature departure from average was the highest monthly departure ever recorded without an El Niño being present to help boost temperatures.
According to NOAA, the January global land and ocean surface temperature was the highest on record at 1.14C above the 20th-century average.
Until now, 2016 was the hottest year with the global-average temperature being 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit or 0.99 degrees Celsius.
In February, some remarkable temperatures have been recorded from around the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, which stretches out from Antarctica, pointing north to South America. At Argentina's Esperanza Base the temperature reached 18.3C, which was a record for mainland Antarctica.