Summer was Earth's hottest on record

Humanity just sweltered through its hottest summer ever recorded, according to a federal climate report released Tuesday.

This beat the previous record, set just last year.

Climatologists define summer as the three warmest months of June, July and August. Global climate records go back to 1880.

The June-August average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.6 degrees above the average of 60.1 degrees.

Specifically, western Alaska, northern South America, central and southern Africa, the Middle East, northwestern and Far East Russia, China, Indonesia and New Zealand were all record warm this summer, NOAA said.

August by itself was also record warm, and was the 16th straight month that set a global heat record.

The first eight months of the year were also record warm, putting 2016 on track to be the warmest year on record.

USA TODAY


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