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May 2014 was Earth's warmest May on record, NOAA says

NOAA reported the planet's hottest month of May in 134 years of record-keeping.
By Kate Stanton Follow @KateStan Contact the Author   |   June 23, 2014 at 8:45 PM
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WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday that it had recorded planet Earth's warmest May on record since the agency started keeping track in 1880.

The average global temperature for the month of May 2014 was 59.93 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.33 degrees above the 20th-century average.

May 2014 just beat out May 2010, which was 1.30 degrees above the average.

"The majority of the world experienced warmer-than-average monthly temperatures, with record warmth across eastern Kazakhstan, parts of Indonesia and central and northwestern Australia," the report said.


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