Continental Temperature Anomalies

Current Month

August 2022
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2022) Rank
(out of 113 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +1.59 +2.86 +0.12 +0.21 Warmest 1st 2022 +1.59 +2.86
Coolest 113th 1912 -1.11 -2.00
South America +0.72 +1.30 +0.15 +0.27 Warmest 24th 2015 +1.93 +3.47
Coolest 90th 1924 -1.09 -1.96
Europe +2.82 +5.08 +0.18 +0.32 Warmest 1st 2022 +2.82 +5.08
Coolest 113th 1912 -1.40 -2.52
Africa +0.99 +1.78 +0.14 +0.26 Warmest 14th 2015 +1.58 +2.84
Coolest 99th 1916 -0.84 -1.51
Ties: 1995
Asia +1.28 +2.30 +0.11 +0.20 Warmest 4th 2016 +1.59 +2.86
Coolest 110th 1912 -1.23 -2.21
Oceania +0.82 +1.48 +0.11 +0.19 Warmest 16th 2009 +2.24 +4.03
Coolest 97th 1923 -1.17 -2.11
Ties: 1999

Year To Date

January - August 2022
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2022) Rank
(out of 113 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +0.84 +1.51 +0.14 +0.25 Warmest 19th 2016 +2.04 +3.67
Coolest 95th 1917 -1.29 -2.32
South America +0.76 +1.37 +0.14 +0.25 Warmest 18th 2015 +1.38 +2.48
Coolest 96th 1917 -0.98 -1.76
Europe +1.96 +3.53 +0.16 +0.29 Warmest 2nd 2020 +2.09 +3.76
Coolest 112th 1929 -1.49 -2.68
Africa +0.91 +1.64 +0.13 +0.24 Warmest 15th 2010 +1.55 +2.79
Coolest 98th 1918 -0.87 -1.57
Ties: 2011
Asia +2.00 +3.60 +0.18 +0.33 Warmest 3rd 2020 +2.38 +4.28
Coolest 111th 1969 -1.19 -2.14
Oceania +0.95 +1.71 +0.12 +0.21 Warmest 9th 2016 +1.48 +2.66
Coolest 105th 1917 -0.99 -1.78

Seasonal

June - August 2022
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2022) Rank
(out of 113 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +1.45 +2.61 +0.12 +0.21 Warmest 2nd 2012 +1.51 +2.72
Coolest 112th 1912 -1.05 -1.89
South America +0.84 +1.51 +0.15 +0.26 Warmest 15th 2015 +1.75 +3.15
Coolest 98th 1916 -1.12 -2.02
Ties: 2008
Europe +2.41 +4.34 +0.17 +0.30 Warmest 1st 2022 +2.41 +4.34
Coolest 113th 1923 -1.01 -1.82
Africa +1.02 +1.84 +0.13 +0.24 Warmest 11th 2019 +1.44 +2.59
Coolest 102nd 1911 -0.65 -1.17
Ties: 2002
Asia +1.46 +2.63 +0.12 +0.22 Warmest 2nd 2021 +1.56 +2.81
Coolest 112th 1912 -0.56 -1.01
Oceania +0.60 +1.08 +0.11 +0.20 Warmest 21st 2009 +1.36 +2.45
Coolest 93rd 1922 -0.88 -1.58

Regional Temperature Anomalies

Current Month

August 2022
Region Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2022) Rank
(out of 113 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
Caribbean Islands +0.64 +1.15 +0.10 +0.18 Warmest 12th 2016 +1.12 +2.02
Coolest 100th 1913 -0.96 -1.73
Ties: 2012, 1958
Atlantic MDR +0.73 +1.31 +0.10 +0.18 Warmest 10th 1945 +1.32 +2.38
Coolest 102nd 1913 -0.90 -1.62
Ties: 2013, 1995
Gulf of Mexico +0.64 +1.15 +0.08 +0.15 Warmest 12th 2016 +0.99 +1.78
Coolest 101st 1918 -0.95 -1.71
Ties: 1999
Hawaiian Region +0.42 +0.76 +0.07 +0.13 Warmest 29th 2015 +1.69 +3.04
Coolest 84th 1975 -0.98 -1.76
Ties: 1958
East N Pacific +0.80 +1.44 +0.07 +0.13 Warmest 6th 2015 +1.51 +2.72
Coolest 108th 1916 -1.35 -2.43

Year To Date

January - August 2022
Region Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2022) Rank
(out of 113 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
Caribbean Islands +0.68 +1.22 +0.09 +0.17 Warmest 8th 2020 +1.08 +1.94
Coolest 106th 1910 -0.97 -1.75
Atlantic MDR +0.64 +1.15 +0.09 +0.16 Warmest 11th 2010 +1.35 +2.43
Coolest 103rd 1913 -0.86 -1.55
Gulf of Mexico +0.67 +1.21 +0.05 +0.09 Warmest 10th 2020 +0.99 +1.78
Coolest 104th 1931 -0.93 -1.67
Hawaiian Region +0.47 +0.85 +0.07 +0.12 Warmest 18th 2015 +1.03 +1.85
Coolest 94th 1910 -0.92 -1.66
Ties: 1982, 1938
East N Pacific +0.57 +1.03 +0.08 +0.14 Warmest 15th 2015 +1.45 +2.61
Coolest 98th 1917 -1.25 -2.25
Ties: 1992

Seasonal

June - August 2022
Region Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2022) Rank
(out of 113 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
Caribbean Islands +0.58 +1.04 +0.10 +0.18 Warmest 14th 2020 +1.14 +2.05
Coolest 100th 1913 -0.97 -1.75
Atlantic MDR +0.68 +1.22 +0.10 +0.17 Warmest 11th 2010 +1.35 +2.43
Coolest 102nd 1913 -0.90 -1.62
Ties: 2012
Gulf of Mexico +0.78 +1.40 +0.09 +0.16 Warmest 4th 2016 +1.15 +2.07
Coolest 109th 1917 -0.88 -1.58
Ties: 2018
Hawaiian Region +0.35 +0.63 +0.06 +0.11 Warmest 32nd 2015 +1.39 +2.50
Coolest 82nd 1933 -1.11 -2.00
East N Pacific +0.54 +0.97 +0.08 +0.14 Warmest 15th 2015 +1.48 +2.66
Coolest 98th 1917 -1.09 -1.96
Ties: 2004

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 2022, published online September 2022, retrieved on December 6, 2022 from https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/access/monitoring/monthly-report/global-regions/202208.