Record-Setting Temperatures Globally for April 2016

April 2016 represented the seventh consecutive month of record-setting temperatures globally, according to data from NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Compared to the 1951 to 1980 average for the month, April 2016 was 1.11 degrees Celsius warmer.

The trend of increasing average global temperatures began in October 2015, with an average temperature at least one degree Celsius higher than the global averages for the period of 1951 to 1980 that NASA uses for comparison. Along with this period of consecutive months with increases of one degree or more Celsius for the comparison period is a 369-month period in which average global temperatures were at least at or above the average.

Greatest Temperature Deviations from Average in Degrees Celsius since 1880:

  • October 2015 +1.07 degrees Celsius
  • November 2015 +1.01 degrees Celsius
  • December 2015 +1.10 degrees Celsius
  • January 2016 +1.11 degrees Celsius
  • February 2016 +1.33 degrees Celsius
  • March 2016 +1.29 degrees Celsius
  • April 2016 +1.11 degrees Celsius

There were some parts of the earth that below-average temperatures were recorded in April 2016, including the southern tip of South America, Antarctica, eastern Canada and portions of both the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

These below-average temperatures were more than offset by the above-average April temperatures in northern Africa, western Greenland and parts of Alaska and Russia that departed from the average by at least 4 degrees Celsius. In addition, Brazil, western Canada, the northwest United States, eastern Europe, Australia and a large part of Asia reported average temperatures that departed higher than the average by at least 2 degrees Celsius.

The April 2016 report by the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) concurred with that of NASA, finding the 30-day period to be the warmest of record dating back to 1891. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) report for April 2016 will be available on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

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