It’s official: Summer 2015 was the warmest in recorded history for our planet.


The findings come from data collected by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information.


Average global land and sea temperatures in August 2015 were 1.58° F above average, beating out the old record set in 2014 by 0.16° F.


The combined months of June, July and August make up the warmest summer on record. The combined global land and sea surface temperature for these three months was 1.53° F above the 20th century average.


August was the sixth month in 2015 to break the monthly temperature record, meaning 2015 is on track to becoming the warmest year in recorded history. Official global temperature records began in 1880.


Additionally, the latest three-month outlook from the Climate Prediction Center calls for a 50 – 70 percent chance of higher-than-average temperatures in Alaska for the months of October, November, and December.


In 2015, Arctic sea ice covered roughly 620,000 square miles — 22.3 percent below the 1981–2010 average, according to NOAA.


 


NOAA august 2015 weather events