NASA’s March temperature data was released Friday, showing that it was the planet’s second-most unusually mild month on record, only somewhat cooler than February 2016. The NASA data shows the monthly global average temperature was 1.28 degrees Celsius, or 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit, above the 20th century average. According to NASA, six straight months from 2015 into 2016 have had a temperature anomaly of at least 1 degree Celsius.

That had not happened in any month prior to this record warm stretch. Data released on Thursday shows that March 2016 was the warmest March since at least 1891, making it the planet’s 11th consecutive month to set a global temperature milestone. READ MORE