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Globe on track for record heat

WASHINGTON — The globe is rushing toward its warmest year on record with last month setting the fifth monthly heat record of the year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that last month was the hottest October on record worldwide. The 58.43 degrees Fahrenheit beat out October 2003.

“It is becoming pretty clear that 2014 will end up as the warmest year on record,” said Deke Arndt, climate monitoring chief for NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. “The remaining question is: How much?”

With two months left in the year, 2014 has surged ahead as the globe’s warmest year so far, beating 2010 and 1998.

The globe has broken 37 monthly high temperature records since January 1997, according to NOAA.


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