Last month was 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than average in the United States, making it the second-warmest November in recorded history, according to temperature data released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “The average U.S. temperature in autumn was 57.6 degrees F (4.1 degrees above average) and surpassed last fall as the warmest on record,” a NOAA update says.
Hawaii was the only state in which the average temperature was colder in November. “The year-to-date (January-November) average temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 56.9 degrees F, 3.1 degrees above average. All Lower 48 states and Alaska observed above-average temperatures during this 11-month period,” the update says.
A full report on the new data is expected to be released Dec. 12.