Global temps soar in Feb, setting new heat record

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Miami (AFP)

Temperatures across the planet soared again last month, setting a new heat record with the warmest February since modern records began, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

"The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for February 2016 was the highest for the month of February in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880," said a NOAA statement.

"It was the highest departure from average among all 1,646 months in the record."