February average temperature surpassed the all-time monthly record
The average global temperature in February was the hottest ever recorded, according to the State of the Climate released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) last week.
According to the NOAA, February (2016) set a new record for the highest global temperature -- for both land and sea surfaces.
— NOAA (@NOAA) March 17, 2016
Land surface temperature
In February, global land surface temperature registered 1.46°F above the 20th century average. Additionally, the land temperature average set a new record for the month of February, beating out previous record-holding years 1998 and 2015 by 1.13°F .
That's not all -- the average global land temperature observed last month is the hottest ever, as it surpassed the previous single-month record (March 2008) by 0.77°F.
Sea surface temperature
Global sea surface temperature set a new record for the month of February, besting the old 2010 record by 0.36°F, and registered 1.46°F (0.81°C) above the 20th century average.
— NOAA NCEI Climate (@NOAANCEIclimate) March 17, 2016
Even more records broken
Combined, the average temperature across both land and sea surfaces on a global basis in February registered 2.18°F higher than the average temperature seen in the 20th century.
February 2016 stands as the 10th straight month in which a monthly global temperature records fell.