WASHINGTON: Last month was the hottest May on file, making it the eighth consecutive month to smash world temperature records.

According to the Goddard Institute for Space Studies’ (GISS) data, the global temperature for May was 1.67 °F (0.93 °C) warmer than the May base period (from 1951 to 1980).

This comes after a warmer than usual April, which was hotter than mean temperatures from 1951 to 1980.

Global temperature records have now been shattered for the last eight straight months since October 2015, when this pattern first emerged. The world is on track to call 2016 its hottest year so far.

NASA, however, expects the current tendency to subside shortly and says it is improbable that the next few months will also be ‘chart-toppers’.

Climate scientist of GISS say there is a greater than 99 percent chance that 2016 will break all previous temperature records.