The global average temperature for March 2016 was 13.92°C, according to the US National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration.
This is the highest March average temperature in the 1880–2016 record, at 1.22°C above the 20 century average of 12.7°C .
This marks the highest monthly temperature departure among all 1,635 months on record, beating the previous all-time record set just last month by 0.01°C.
Overall, the nine highest monthly temperature departures in the record have all occurred in the past nine months.
March 2016 also marks the 11consecutive month a monthly global temperature record has been broken, the longest such streak in NOAA's 137 years of record keeping.