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2014 shaping up to be third-hottest year ever

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The world is on pace to make 2014 the third-hottest year ever.

Global temperatures were 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average for January through July, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

Much of that warming has occurred in ocean temperatures — July clocked in as the hottest on the water ever, but surface temperatures were just the 10th warmest. Combined, July accounted for the fourth-hottest on record.

In the United States, several states in the West had 10 of their warmest July months on record, while the Midwest, Indiana and Arkansas hit their coolest in 120 years.

Other parts of the world felt the heat.

Scandinavia was sweltering in July compared with its average temperatures.

Norway was 7.7 degrees Fahrenheit above its average from 1961-1990, setting a national record for hottest month ever. Denmark experienced its second-hottest July.

Both the United Kingdom and Germany had their eighth-warmest July months on record.

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