It was also the eleventh consecutive month to break its annual temperature record, the longest such streak in NOAA's 137 years of record keeping.
During March, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.22°C above the 20th century average.
This was the hottest March in the 1880–2016 record, surpassing the previous record of 2015 by 0.32°C.
It also marks the highest monthly temperature departure (difference between the measured temperature and the long-term average temperature) among all 1,635 months on record, surpassing the previous record set just last month by 0.01°C.
In Australia, the average March temperature was the highest in our 107-year period of record, at 1.70°C higher than the 1961-1990 average.
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