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Northern Hemisphere sees its hottest summer on record

The Northern Hemisphere had its hottest summer on record this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Monday. 

The three-month season from June through August broke a record that had been set in 2016 and tied in 2019. 

Last month was also the hottest August on record in the Northern Hemisphere, beating a record set in 2016, the agency reported

Globally, last month was the second hottest August in the 141-year record, behind only 2016, according to the agency. August was 1.69 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average of 60.1 degrees, the agency reported. 

The 10 warmest Augusts have all occurred since 1998, and the five warmest have occurred since 2015, according to the NOAA. 

Globally, 2020 so far is ranked as the second hottest year on record, the agency said.

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