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NASA says September was warmest on record since 1880

Past six months were also warmest overall stretch since records began.

By Thor Benson
NASA says September was warmest on record since 1880
GISS Studies Surface Temperature Analysis for the month of September. (NASA/Goddard Institute for Space)

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- NASA announced on Sunday that September was the warmest ever recorded, since record keeping began in 1880. The data reflects global temperatures, and NASA's records also show it to be the hottest six month streak recorded.

El Niño has yet to begin, which would typically explain such elevated temperatures. When El Niño does begin, it could cause more record breaking months. It is expected to arrive by the end of the year and end by spring of 2015. Projections show these trends could make 2014 the hottest year overall on record. Recent studies indicate that over 2,000 could be killed per year from having heat strokes caused by rising temperatures by the year 2057.

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