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Climate scientists report record warmth for 11th straight month

Last month was the warmest March on record worldwide, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Tuesday.

That marks the 11th consecutive month of record-high temperatures the planet has seen, scientists said. Global temperature records date back to 1880.

That trend was driven by record warmth across the Indian Ocean, the southern Pacific Ocean and much of eastern and central Africa, scientists said. The continental United States experienced its fourth-warmest March since records began in 1895.

The mark is the latest in a series of temperature records to fall over the past decade. In January, scientists announced 2015 had broken the previous year's record for warmest year by a record-wide 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit.

Silas Allen

Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri. Read more ›