In this July 26, 2011 file photo, drops of water fall from a melting iceberg near Nuuk, Greenland. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
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While last month merely tied for the world's third warmest October in history, 2016 is still on track to be the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists said Thursday.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the globe averaged 58.4 degrees (14.7 Celsius), which is 1.3 degrees (0.7 Celsius) warmer than the 20th-century average but not as warm as Octobers in 2015 and 2014 .From May 2015 to August 2016, Earth set monthly heat records for 16 straight months.The first 10 months of 2016 have been the hottest year to date, averaging 59.15 degrees (15.07 Celsius).NOAA climate scientist Jessica Blunden said it is likely that this year will eclipse 2015 as the hottest year on record . Since 2000, the globe has set 42 monthly heat records and four annual heat records.
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