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Meteorologists: 2014 will be California's hottest year ever

Experts at the National Weather Service (NWS) say there is a better than 99 percent chance that 2014 will be California's warmest year on record.

California has seen above-normal temperatures this year, with the first half of 2014 setting a state record for the warmest six months of any year. (The heat hasn't helped California's drought, either.)

The NWS's California office looked at temperatures during the last two months of past years, and they're confident that 2014 will break 1934's record, an average temperature of 59.7 degrees Fahrenheit. The state began keeping climate records in 1895. The meteorologists estimate that California's average temperature in 2014 will be 61 degrees Fahrenheit.

2014 may also be the warmest year on record globally, beating 2010. Nine of the 10 warmest years on record have been in the 21st century, Climate Central notes.