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2017 Was the Second Hottest Year Since 1880, Says NASA

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It was the 41st consecutive year with global temperatures above the 20th-century average.

Meryll/Dreamstime2017 was the second-warmest year since 1880, according to NASA. Only 2016 was warmer.

More specifically, NASA reports that globally averaged temperatures last year were 0.90° Celsius warmer than the mean temperature from 1951 to 1980. The three other major institutions that track global temperature trends find that 2017 is the third warmest year in their records.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports:

The average temperature across the globe in 2017 was 1.51 degrees Fahrenheit (0.84 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average of 57 degrees Fahrenheit (13.9 degrees Celsius). 2017 marks the 41st consecutive year (since 1977) with global land and ocean temperatures at least nominally above the 20th-century average.

“The six warmest years on record for the planet,” the agency adds, “have all occurred

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