"The January global land and ocean surface temperature was the highest on record at 2.05 degrees Fahrenheit (1.14 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average," NOAA said in a statement Thursday. This beat out the previous record holder, January 2016.
The hot month was not exactly an anomaly, at least not for this century. The 10 warmest Januaries on record have all happened since 2002, the agency noted.
We're not done yet. NOAA scientists ran a statistical analysis for the agency's January global climate report. The results? "The year 2020 is very likely to rank among the five warmest years on record."