La Nina cooled the globe down during the past few months.
Record-warm months dominated in 2016, including: January, February, March, April, May, June, July and August. September was the second warmest month on record; October, the third; and November the fifth.
The average global temperature this November was 1.31 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 55.2 degrees. This was the fifth-highest November temperature in 122 years of record-keeping, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.
For the season, September to November, the temperature was 1.39 degrees F above the average of 57.1 degrees, ranking as as the second highest temperature for this period on record, 0.32 degrees cooler than the record set in 2015.
The year to date, spanning January to November in this analysis, was the warmest such period on record. The average global temperature was 1.69 degrees F above the average of 57.2 degrees, surpassing the record set in 2015 by 0.13 degrees F.
Map of significant climate events that occurred around the globe in November