Warmest January ever recorded worldwide

Agence France Press reports that world temperatures in January were the highest ever recorded for that month of the year, US government scientists said.

The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was 1.53°F (0.85°C) warmer than the 20th-century average of 53.6°F (12°C) for January based on preliminary data, NOAA said.

The figures surpass the previous record set in 2002 at 1.28°F (0.71°C) above average.

Land surface temperature was a record 3.40°F (1.89°C) warmer than average, while global ocean surface temperature was the fourth warmest in 128 years, about 0.1°F (0.05°C) cooler than the record established during the very strong El Nino climate phenomenon in 1998.