CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Last month was the world's warmest October in the 136 years of record keeping according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The NOAA report said the combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for October 2015 was 1.76 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average of 57.1 degrees.
The agency report said a global temperature record has been broken six consecutive months. Additionally, the October temperature was the greatest departure from average for any month, beating the record that had been set the month before.
When it comes to land temperatures only, the October average temperature across global land surfaces was 2.39 degrees above the 20th century average, the highest for any October on record.
Large regions of Earth's land surfaces were much warmer than average, including parts of western North America. For the contiguous United States, October 2015 was the warmest since 1963 and fourth-warmest since national record keeping began in 1895.