oceanThe National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Monday that the global average temperature for September was 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit, the hottest September since the dawn of meteorological record keeping. Further still, NOAA indicated that this September had the highest recorded average oceanic surface temperatures of any month ever recorded (119 degrees Fahrenheit) and was the fifth consecutive month that oceanic temperatures broke monthly heat records, according to RT.

Comments from NOAA as reported by RT and the Associated Press also indicate that 2014 is on pace to be the hottest year ever, echoing a similar prediction earlier in the month by NASA. The past 12 months from October 2013 through September 2014 is the hottest 12-month period ever measured on Earth.

NOAA also reports that the first nine months of 2014 are tied with 1998 for the hottest such period on record, with an average temperature of 58.7 degrees. USA Today notes this is a 1.2 degree increase over 20th century averages.

NOAA notes that the increased warmth of September was evenly distributed across both hemispheres. If 2014 becomes the hottest year in history, it will be the sixth time the record has been broken in the past twenty years. RT reports that there has not been a monthly record-low temperature since 1916.

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