WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 — The globally averaged temperature for August 2014 was the highest for the month since record keeping began in 1880, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Thursday.
The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for August 2014 was 0.75 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average of 15.6 degrees Celsius, topping the previous record set in 1998, the NOAA said in its monthly state of the climate report.
"Including August, three of the past four months had record high global temperatures for their respective months," the agency said. The exception was July 2014 which ranked fourth highest for the month.
That also made the summer months, June through August, the hottest on record for this period, at 0.71 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average of 16.4 degrees Celsius. The previous record was also set in 1998.
"If 2014 maintains this temperature departure from average for the remainder of the year, it will be the warmest year on record," it said.
Both records were largely driven by unusually warm ocean temperatures around the world. In August, the global sea surface temperature was 0.65 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average.
"This departure from average not only beats the previous August record set in 2005 by 0.08 degrees Celsius, but also beats the previous all-time record set just two months ago in June 2014 by 0. 05 degrees Celsius," the NOAA said.
On land, warmer than average temperatures were evident over most of the global last month, except for parts of the United States and western Europe, northern Siberia, parts of eastern Asia and much of central Australia stretching north. (PNA/Xinhua)