November 2020 was the second-warmest November since records began in 1880, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says.
“The combined global average temperature over the land and ocean surfaces for November 2020 was 0.97C above the 20th century average of 12.9C,” the NOAA said on Monday.
This was the second-warmest November in the global record, behind the record warm November of 2015 (plus 1.01C).
According to the agency, the 10 warmest Novembers have all occurred since 2004, while the five warmest Novembers have occurred since 2013.
November 2020 also marked the 44th consecutive November and the 431st consecutive month with temperatures, at least nominally, above the 20th century average.
The agency saw the most notable warm temperature departures from average values across western and northern Alaska, most of the contiguous US, northern Europe, northern Asia, Australia, and across parts of South America, the north Pacific Ocean, the Bering Sea and parts of the western Antarctic.
Temperatures in parts of the western Antarctic were at least 3C above average, according to NOAA data.