Earth’s warm October not record; 2016 likely record hot

Sunlight (KSN File Photo)
Sunlight (KSN File Photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal meteorologists say while last month merely tied for the world’s third warmest October in history, 2016 is still on track to be the hottest year on record.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced 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.