Weather & Natural Disasters

Climate change: October was the hottest on record

This year continues to be one of the hottest ever measured, and last month broke a record of its own, according to new data released Wednesday from federal agencies.

People at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, on Oct. 5, 2015.
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Globally, last month was the hottest October ever recorded, according to information released today by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The global average temperature on land and ocean surfaces combined was 1.76 degrees above the 20th century average, marking a bigger departure from the average than September's record-breaking temperatures were.

So far 2015 has experienced the highest temperatures on average since 1880, according to a report from NOAA.

Global temperatures have risen at an accelerated pace in recent years. Separately, the weather pattern known as El Nino, which is happening this year, raises temperatures in some regions.

A wooden boat is stranded on the riverbed of the Dawuhan Dam during drought season in Madiun, Indonesia's East Java province, on Oct. 5, 2015.
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