Assessing the Global Climate in May 2016

Map of May 2016 Global Temperature Percentiles

The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for May 2016 was the highest for the month of May in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880. This marks the 13th consecutive month the monthly global temperature record has been broken, the longest such streak in the 137-year record. The seasonal (March–May) and year-to-date (January–May) global temperatures were also the highest on record.

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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