Earth could be headed for its warmest period on record

Earth could be headed for its warmest period on record Updated on: February 6, 2019 / 1:59 PM / CBS/AP New data confirms last year was one of the hottest ever recorded, and British meteorologists are predicting the next five years will be even hotter than 2018.

The U.S. government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said 2018's average global temperature was 58.42 degrees Fahrenheit, or 14.69 Celsius.

That's 1.42 degrees (0.79 Celsius) warmer than the 20th century average.

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