The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report said the globally averaged combined land and sea surface temperature for the boreal winter (Dec – Feb) was the highest since records began in 1880.
The global average was 0.72C higher than the previous record in 2004,
A significant contributing factor to the record warmth was an El Niño, which was particularly strong in January - the warmest January ever (ocean surface had since begun to cool.)
...... Temperatures were above average worldwide, with the exception of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and areas in central United States.
The 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1995.
In the northern hemisphere, the combined land and water temperature was the warmest ever at 0.91C, while the southern hemisphere, where it was summer, recorded a temperature 0.49C above average, which was the fourth warmest.
...... The global temperature of land surface alone during this period was also the warmest on record, while the ocean surface temperature was the equal second warmest, with the equatorial Pacific, North and South Atlantic.
SOURCE:... World breaks temp record
World breaks temp record