August was the 16th consecutive record warm-month, the longest ever recorded, with average temperatures 1.66 F above the 20th century average and 0.09 F warmer than last August.
NASA Earth Observatory chart based on data from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies . Joshua Stevens
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data shows it was also the hottest summer on record, as June-August temperatures averaged 2.18 F above the 20th century average in the same period. The summer featured an “increasing number and a disturbing number ” of extreme weather events , many of which bore classic signatures of climate change .
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