Continental Temperature Anomalies

Current Month

August 2017
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2017) Rank
(out of 108 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +0.57 +1.03 +0.09 +0.17 Warmest 22nd 2003 +1.33 +2.39
Coolest 87th 1912 -1.00 -1.80
South America +1.51 +2.72 +0.14 +0.25 Warmest 3rd 2015 +1.69 +3.04
Coolest 106th 1943 -0.94 -1.69
Europe +1.61 +2.90 +0.14 +0.26 Warmest 3rd 2015 +2.28 +4.10
Coolest 106th 1912 -1.37 -2.47
Africa +1.14 +2.05 +0.11 +0.19 Warmest 2nd 2015 +1.26 +2.27
Coolest 107th 1932 -0.63 -1.13
Asia +1.22 +2.20 +0.08 +0.15 Warmest 3rd 2016 +1.51 +2.72
Coolest 106th 1912 -1.24 -2.23
Oceania +1.14 +2.05 +0.09 +0.15 Warmest 5th 2009 +2.24 +4.03
Coolest 103rd 1956 -1.22 -2.20
Ties: 2011

Year To Date

January - August 2017
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2017) Rank
(out of 108 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +1.42 +2.56 +0.13 +0.23 Warmest 6th 2016 +1.95 +3.51
Coolest 103rd 1917 -1.27 -2.29
South America +1.15 +2.07 +0.13 +0.24 Warmest 2nd 2015 +1.27 +2.29
Coolest 107th 1917 -0.67 -1.21
Europe +1.29 +2.32 +0.13 +0.23 Warmest 8th 2014, 2007 +1.77 +3.19
Coolest 101st 1929 -1.49 -2.68
Africa +1.10 +1.98 +0.10 +0.19 Warmest 3rd 2010 +1.34 +2.41
Coolest 106th 1911 -0.54 -0.97
Asia +1.74 +3.13 +0.15 +0.27 Warmest 4th 2016 +1.92 +3.46
Coolest 105th 1969 -1.27 -2.29
Oceania +0.90 +1.62 +0.09 +0.17 Warmest 6th 2016 +1.36 +2.45
Coolest 103rd 1917 -0.92 -1.66

Seasonal

June - August 2017
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2017) Rank
(out of 108 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +0.87 +1.57 +0.09 +0.17 Warmest 7th 2012 +1.46 +2.63
Coolest 102nd 1912 -0.90 -1.62
South America +1.31 +2.36 +0.14 +0.24 Warmest 2nd 2015 +1.58 +2.84
Coolest 107th 1916 -0.84 -1.51
Europe +1.48 +2.66 +0.13 +0.24 Warmest 5th 2003 +1.90 +3.42
Coolest 104th 1923 -0.96 -1.73
Africa +1.20 +2.16 +0.11 +0.19 Warmest 1st 2017 +1.20 +2.16
Coolest 108th 1954 -0.55 -0.99
Asia +1.16 +2.09 +0.10 +0.17 Warmest 4th 2016 +1.34 +2.41
Coolest 105th 1912 -0.63 -1.13
Oceania +1.08 +1.94 +0.09 +0.16 Warmest 5th 2009 +1.40 +2.52
Coolest 104th 1943 -0.88 -1.58

Background

The July 2015 Global State of the Climate report introduces the regional analysis report, which focuses on the analysis of temperature anomalies for six continents: North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

The regional values, similar to the global values, are derived from the NOAAGlobalTemp data set. The continental polygons are composed of the 5° x 5° grid points with center points in the respective continents. Then, in a similar way to the global analysis, the grid points are weighted by their area and averaged to compute a continental temperature anomaly time series. The anomalies are computed back to 1910, the approximate date by which all continents have station coverage sufficient to resolve values at the regional scale.

This regional analysis complements the global analysis by allowing us to understand and describe the state of an important climate indicator across a continent. It also helps to place the current continental temperature anomalies into historical perspective, displaying how the most current month, season, or year compares to the past.

Please note that all continental anomalies are with respect to the 1910—2000 average.

Region Definitions

Regions 1
Regions 2

References


Citing This Report

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, Monthly Regional Analysis for August 2017, published online September 2017, retrieved on December 7, 2022 from https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/access/monitoring/monthly-report/global-regions/201708.