NOAA released the latest monthly climate summary for October 2023 earlier this week. It shows that October was the warmest October on record since observations began in 1880. This is the 5th month in a row that set a new record for temperature. January through October was also the warmest such period on record, and there is now a 99% chance that 2023 will be the warmest year on record once observations are completed through the rest of the year. Almost the only place on earth that was colder than normal this month was Antarctica, which was colder than normal. The warmest areas were the north polar regions and the Eastern Pacific Ocean, where a strong El Nino is currently occurring. You can read more at https://www.noaa.gov/news/planet-just-had-its-warmest-october-on-record and see more statistics at https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/access/monitoring/monthly-report/global/202310.
Earth had its warmest October–October marked the fifth record-warm month in a row
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