January was warmest on record

Records have been kept since 1880

January was warmest on record
In 141 years of recordkeeping, there’s never been warmer January globally than last month. (Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

(Gray News) – January was the warmest one for Earth in 141 years of recordkeeping, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported Thursday.

The previous record was set in 2016.

“January 2020 marked the 44th consecutive January and the 421st consecutive month with temperatures, at least nominally, above the 20th-century average,” NOAA said.

Although we’re only a month and a half into the year, NOAA scientists say 2020 is very likely to rank among the five warmest years on record, according to statistical analysis they’ve done.

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