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2019 Was Second-Warmest On Record For Earth, Hottest For Jacksonville

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Twenty-nineteen wrapped up the hottest decade ever recorded on earth and was the second-hottest year ever recorded.

The past five years have also been the hottest five on record for the second year running, according to Climate Central.

As WJCT News has previously reported, 2019 also marked the warmest year on record for Jacksonville.

Pictured: Decades of warming in Jacksonville.
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said, like the Earth as a whole, Florida had its second-hottest year on record.

Map illustrating average annual temperatures in Jacksonville.
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Heat waves in June and July toppled many all-time high temperature records across Europe, according to Climate Central, which used data from  NASA and NOAA.

Despite the heat, much of the U.S. saw record rainfall last year, with five states' experiencing their wettest year on record.

Map of 2019 precipitation across the U.S.
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Bill Bortzfield can be reached at bbortzfield@wjct.org, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.