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It's official. 2016 was the hottest year ever.


After month after record-breaking month, 2016 was officially declared the hottest year on record Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That's the third year in a row a new record has been set.

Global temperatures were 1.69 degrees Fahrenheit above the average recorded during the past 137 years. The average land temperature was 2.57 degrees above average.

Eight of the first nine months of the year established new record temperatures for those months. 

We don't expect record years every year, but the ongoing long-term warming trend is clear.
Gavin Schmidt, NASA

A separate analysis by NASA, also released Wednesday, found the same results. Both studies also found the Antarctic sea ice was the second-smallest it has ever been, while the Arctic was the smallest ever.

NASA's Analysis of 2016 Global Temperature

WATCH | NASA broke down the temperature changes in this video.

And they did it again in GIF form.


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