August breaks heat records across globe

AFP — Last month was the hottest August in modern history, in the latest sign of an unusually warm year across the world’s land and sea surfaces, US government scientists said Thursday.

“This was the sixth month in 2015 that has broken its monthly temperature record (February, March, May, June, July and August),” said a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“This was the highest for August in the 1880-2015 record, besting the previous record set in 1998 by 0.23 Fahrenheit (0.13 Celsius).”

Record-breaking warmth was seen across much of South America and parts of Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.