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The record temperatures in January follow an exceptionally warm 2019, which has been ranked as the second hottest year for the planet’s surface since reliable measurements started.
The past five years and the past decade are the hottest in 150 years of record-keeping, an indication of the gathering pace of the climate crisis.
According to Noaa, the average global land and ocean surface temperature last month was 2.5F (or 1.14C) above the 20th-century average.
The Swedish town of Örebro reached 10.3C, its hottest January temperature since 1858, while Boston experienced its hottest ever January day, at 23C (74F).
Noaa said the four warmest Januaries on record have occurred since 2016, while the 10 warmest Januaries have taken place since 2002.
According to scientists, the world must halve its emissions by 2030 to stand any chance of avoiding disastrous climate breakdown. »