2016 on track to be hottest year ever recorded
According to federal meteorologists, October 2016 was only tied for the third warmest October in history. However, 2016 is still on track to be the hottest year ever recorded.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has reported that the globe averaged 58.4 degrees (14.7 Celsius), which is 1.3 degrees (0.7 Celsius) warmer than the 20th-century average but not as warm as Octobers in 2015 and 2014.
From May 2015 to August 2016, Earth set monthly heat records for 16 straight months.
The first 10 months of 2016 have been the hottest year to date, averaging 59.15 degrees (15.07 Celsius). That beats 2015 by .18 degrees (.1 Celsius).
NOAA climate scientist Jessica Blunden said it is likely that this year will eclipse 2015 as the hottest year on record.
Source: Associated Press