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2016 Is Off to a Scorching Start

By Climate Central

NOAA's global temperature analysis for April 2016 indicates it was the hottest April on record. 

More from NOAA:

  • The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for April 2016 was 1.98°F above the 20th century average – the highest temperature departure for April since global records began in 1880.
  • 13 out of the 15 highest monthly temperature departures in the record have all occurred since February 2015 (record goes back to 1880). The other two were in February 1998 and January 2007.
  • April 2016 is the 12th consecutive month a monthly global temperature record has been broken, the longest such streak in NOAA's 137 years of record keeping.
  • The global year-to-date temperature is 2.05°F (1.14°C) above the 20th century average, and is warmer than this time in 2015, which finished as the hottest global year on record.

The NOAA anomalies are calculated from a 20th century baseline. As the global conversation has shifted focus to a goal of limiting warming to 2°C with an aspiration of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, we have combined the NOAA and NASA global temperature numbers and adjusted them to an early industrial baseline of 1881-1910 to better gauge our warming against this global goal. This is reflected in the graphic above.