First quarter of 2015 the warmest ever in US

The US recorded its warmest first quarter since the 1880s this year even as central India experienced a cooler temperature than the average, according to an American scientific agency.

Washington: The US recorded its warmest first quarter since the 1880s this year even as central India experienced a cooler temperature than the average, according to an American scientific agency.

Further, March this year became warmest month in the last 136 years, latest US official figures reported.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in its latest report said the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for March 2015 was the highest for the month since record keeping began in 1880.

Central India, southeastern Mauritania, central Mexico, and eastern Canada were cooler than average, the report said.

The year-to-date (January-March) globally averaged temperature was also record high.

During March, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.53F (0.85C) above the 20th century average.

This was the highest for March in the 1880-2015 record, surpassing the previous record of 2010 by 0.09F (0.05C), it said.

Also during January-March, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.48F (0.82C) above the 20th century average.

This was the highest for January-March in the 1880-2015 record, surpassing the previous record of 2002 by 0.09F (0.05C), it said.

The average March temperature over land surfaces across the globe tied with 1990 as the second highest for March on record, at 1.59C (2.86F) above the 20th century average.