National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC
June 10, 1998
During the past few decades, global temperatures have persistently broken previous record highs every few years, but never to the extent observed in 1998. Each month this year has set a new all-time record high global temperature. This is unprecedented and is not likely to occur in a stationary climate. New analyses of tree-rings, historical records, and other proxy measurements indicate that these temperatures are warmer than the planet has experienced for at least the last 600 years.
January-May: Record-breaking Warmth Continues
For further information on the climate of 1998, contact:
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