Thought it was a little warmer than usual this summer? Well that's because it was. NASA is reporting  out today that 2006 will most likely be the 5th hottest year on record since we began recording global temperature in the 1880's.
The five warmest years on record in descending order are 2005, 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2006.
The UK's Met Office is reporting that England recorded its warmest average annual temperature, 51.5 degrees Fahrenheit, since the Central England Temperature series began in 1659. The records set this year support various studies that “showed links between human behavior and the warming trend,” said David Parker, a climate scientist at Britain’s Met Office.