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By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press

US had near record heat, costly weather disasters in 2016

WASHINGTON — With steamy nights, sticky days and torrential downpours, last year went down as one of the warmest and wildest weather years on record in the United States.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that 2016 was the second hottest year in the U.S. as Alaska warmed dramatically and nighttime temperatures set a record.

Cool: Earth’s 16-month record heat streak finally ends

WASHINGTON — Federal meteorologists say Earth’s 16-month streak of record high temperatures is finally over.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says last month’s 60.6 degrees (15.9 Celsius) was merely the second hottest September on record for the globe. That’s slightly cooler than the September record set last year. But it was warmer than the 20th century average.