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January marked the ninth straight month of record heat for the Earth, with NASA saying that it also set another record, with its temperature above normal by the highest margin of any month on record.

NASA said January was 2.03 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, with an average global temperature of 55.5 degrees, easily beating the old record for the month set in 2007.

Nine consecutive months of record heat matches the period from June 1997 to February 1998, which was the last time the Earth had a large El Nino, but is still behind the 10 straight months of record heat in 1944.

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