Earth is feeling its second-warmest year to date on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday.
The year-to-date temperature of global land and ocean surfaces was 1.57 degrees above the 20th century average of 57.5 degrees. That is lower than 2016's record-setting temperature by 0.23 degree, but just ahead of third-place 2015 by 0.01 degree.
September was also the fourth warmest such month on record, the report said. NOAA's global land and sea temperature records date back to 1880.