Monthly analysis of global temperatures conducted by NASA scientists has declared August 2016 to be the hottest month in 136 years.
This year’s August temperature was recorded 0.16 degrees Celsius higher than the recorded temperature of August in 2014.
Interestingly, as July is generally believed to be the hottest month of any year, August tied with July this year.
The record warm August continued a streak of 11 consecutive months dating back to October 2015 that have set new monthly high-temperature records.
According to study conducted by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, monthly rankings, which vary by only a few hundredths of a degree, are inherently fragile.
The modern global temperature record begins around 1880 because previous observations did not cover enough of the planet.