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November 2013 Hottest Month on Record Since 1880, NOAA

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Dec 18, 2013 08:24 AM EST
November temperatures around the world
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Land and ocean temperatures around the world soared in November 2013, making it the hottest month since 1880, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Most regions in Africa, Eurasia and South America experienced a warmer-than-usual November along with parts of Southwest Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean, the agency said.

"The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for November 2013 was record highest for the 134-year period of record, at 0.78°C (1.40°F) above the 20th century average of 12.9°C (55.2°F)," according to the report by NOAA.

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However, the U.S. was among a group of few places on earth that had a cooler-than-average November. Along with North America, parts of Greenland and Australia had lower temperatures during last month.

This is the 37th consecutive November that has had higher-than-usual temperature when compared with the 20th century average.  

"The last below-average November global temperature was November 1976 and the last below-average global temperature for any month was February 1985," NOAA said.

Also, don't expect 2014 to bring any respite from the heat. According to related research on climate, 2014 El Niño conditions could make parts of Southeast Asia and Australia hotter. The variation in global temperatures could mean less rain in the Indian subcontinent along with higher number of tropical cyclones in Japan and Korea, according to Quartz. The El Niño activity could lead to storms during winter in certain parts of the U.S. such as the coast along California.

November 2013 also saw many multi-billion disasters hit different parts of the world; Super typhoon Haiyan in Philippines, Tornados in the U.S, flooding in Cambodia, tropical cyclones in South India and ongoing drought in the U.S.

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