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January 2020, hottest month in 141 years

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Scientists have declared the first month of 2020, January as the hottest January ever recorded in the 141 years.

This was made known by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday.

Last month also marked the 44th consecutive January and the 421st consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th-century average, NOAA said.

The month of January had temperatures at 1.14 degrees Celsius above the 20th-century average.

the arctic sea ice had a coverage of around 5.3 per cent below the 1981–2010 average, while Northern Hemisphere snow coverage was below average as well.

“No land or ocean areas had record-cold January temperatures,” NOAA said.

The report will likely add to growing alarm over the state of climate change.


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