Assessing the Global Climate in September 2016

September 2016 Global Temperature Percentiles Map

The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for September 2016 was the second highest for the month of September in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880. This ends the longest streak in the 137-year record of 16 consecutive months to reach a new monthly high global temperature. The year-to-date (January-September) global temperature remained 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.

For extended analysis of global temperature and precipitation patterns, as well as extreme events, please see our full report.