Earth’s temperature spiked to tie a record high for May, US meteorologists reported Friday (Saturday, June 13, 2020 in Manila.)

Last month, the global average temperature was 60.3 degrees (15.7 degrees Celsius), tying 2016 for the hottest May in 141 years of record keeping, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Seth Borenstein wrote for the Associated Press (AP.)

That’s 1.7 degrees (nearly 1 degree Celsius) higher than the 20th century average for Earth. Temperature on land set a heat record, while ocean temperatures ranked second. Parts of Africa, Asia, Western Europe, South and Central America had record warmth.

“We continue to warm on the long term and in any given month we’re likely to be knocking on the door, close to a record in the era that we’re in,” NOAA climate monitoring chief Deke Arndt said. The last seven Mays, from 2014 to 2020, have been the seven warmest Mays on record.