The U.S. government’s climate agency on Friday said earth’s record monthly heat streak has extended to an unprecedented 13 months.
Global average temperature in May was the highest for the month in modern times, at 0.87 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average of 14.8 degrees Celsius.
According to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the temperature beat the previous record set in 2015 by 0.02 degrees Celsius.
“May 2016 marks the 13th consecutive month a monthly global temperature record has been broken.
“It is the longest such streak since global temperature records began in 1880,’’ the NOAA said in a statement.
It said areas with record warmth included much of Southeast Asia and parts of northern South America, Central America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and northern and eastern Australia.
“The more than yearlong heat streak can be partly attributed to the ocean warming phenomenon called El Nino, which has finally come to an end in May.
“While El Nino vanished, the La Nina ocean cooling phenomenon is coming,’’ the NOAA said.
The NOAA predicted that La Nina would develop the summer and the chance for the development would increase to nearly 75 per cent during the fall and winter.