Assessing the Global Climate in March 2016

March 2016 Global Temperature Percentiles Map

The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for March 2016 was the highest for the month of March in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880. March 2016 was also the highest monthly temperature departure among all months on record, at 0.02°F higher than the previous record set just last month. This marks the 11th consecutive month a monthly global temperature record has been broken, the longest such streak in the 137-year record.

The January–March temperature was also the highest on record for the year-to-date at 2.07°F above the 20th century average. This was the highest for January–March in the 1880–2016 record, surpassing the previous record set in 2015 by 0.50°F.

This monthly summary from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, business, academia, and the public to support informed decision making.

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