September brought more record heat globally, and meteorologists say the Earth is now on pace to tie for the hottest year ever recorded.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the global temperatures averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit. That was the hottest September in 135 years of recordkeeping. It was the fourth monthly record set this year, along with May, June and August.
The first nine months of 2014 have a global average temperature of 58.72 degrees, tying with 1998 and 2010 for the warmest first nine months on record.
While parts of the U.S. Midwest, Russia and central Africa were slightly cooler than normal in September, it was especially hotter in the U.S. West, Australia, Europe, northwestern Africa, central South America and parts of Asia.