In 136 years of modern record-keeping, August 2016 was the hottest August, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.
August 2016's temperature was 0.16 degrees Celsius, which is warmer than the previous warmest August in 2014, as per NASA report.
With both 2014 and 2015 setting heat records, 2016 is now on pace to continue the trend, The New York Times reported.
According to NASA researchers, August 2016 wound up tied with July 2016 for the warmest month ever recorded although the seasonal temperature cycle typically peaks in July. August 2016 was 0.98 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean August temperature from 1951-1980.
"Monthly rankings, which vary by only a few hundredths of a degree, are inherently fragile," said GISS Director Gavin Schmidt. "We stress that the long-term trends are the most important for understanding the ongoing changes that are affecting our planet."
The analysis have been put up by collecting the data from about 6,300 meteorological stations around the world, along with ship- and buoy-based instruments measuring sea surface temperature, and Antarctic research stations.