The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) says the temperature of the Earth in 2016 surged to a record high for a third consecutive year.

Its annual "State of the Climate in 2016" report was quoted by CNN Friday as saying land surface temperatures around the world last year were highest ever since scientists began compiling the data 137 years earlier.

Sea levels last year were also confirmed to be a record high for the last 24 years in which satellites have been used to measure them.

Greenhouse gas emissions grew faster than any previous year, according to the report, while average carbon dioxide readings surpassed 400 parts per million for the first time.