November 2019 was the second-hottest November in the 140-year global climate record, according to scientists at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The NOAA monthly global climate report released Monday showed that the average global land and ocean surface temperature for November was 0.92 of a degree Celsius above the 20th-century average, making it the second-highest November temperature on record just shy of that of 2015.
Also, both the autumnal season (September through November) and the year to date (January through November) were the second hottest on record.
The NOAA's data showed that the world's five hottest Novembers have all occurred since 2013, offering strong evidence of the trend of global warming, Xinhua reports.
The heat was felt at both ends of the world as the sea ice coverage across the Arctic and Antarctic oceans fell to near-record lows in November. Arctic sea ice coverage was 12.8 per cent below the 1981-2010 average, and the Antarctic coverage was 6.35 per cent below average.
June and July of 2019 were the Earth's hottest months in the 140-year record, according to the NOAA.