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NOAA: December 2014 was warmest December on record

The global average combined air and sea temperature during December was the warmest in 135 years of recorded history, according to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.

It was the sixth month of 2014 to set a record for the highest average combined air and sea temperature.

The 20th century average was 12.2 degrees Celsius (54 degrees Fahrenheit); during December the global average combined air and sea temperature around the world was 12.97 degrees C (55.39 degrees F).

The average land surface temperature worldwide was 1.36 degrees C above average, while the average sea surface temperature was 0.55 degrees C above average.

The NOAA report on December’s temperatures around the planet is here.

December Blended Land and Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies in degrees Celsius

Graphic courtesy NOAA

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