Global Climate Report - May 2016
Top 15 Monthly Global Land and Ocean Temperature Departures from Average

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Top 15 Monthly Global Land and Ocean Temperature Departures from Average


The table below lists the top 15 monthly temperature departures from the 20th century average. The May 2016 global land and ocean surface temperature departure from average was the lowest monthly temperature departure from average since August 2015 and, unlike the past five consecutive months (December 2015 through April 2016), did not surpass 1.0°C (1.8°F). May 2016 tied with June 2015 and August 2015 as the 12th highest monthly temperature departure among all months (1,637) on record. Overall, 13 of the 15 highest monthly temperature departures in the record have all occurred since February 2015, with February 1998 and January 2007 among the 15 highest temperature departures.

Rank
1 = Warmest
Period of Record: 1880–2016
Month + Year Anomaly °C Anomaly °F
1 March 2016 1.22 2.20
2 February 2016 1.20 2.16
3 December 2015 1.12 2.02
4 April 2016 1.07 1.93
5 January 2016 1.04 1.87
6 October 2015 0.99 1.78
7 November 2015 0.96 1.73
8 September 2015 0.92 1.66
9 March 2015 0.89 1.60
10 (tie) February 2015 0.88 1.58
10 (tie) January 2007 0.88 1.58
12 (tie) June 2015 0.87 1.57
12 (tie) August 2015 0.87 1.57
12 (tie) May 2016 0.87 1.57
15 February 1998 0.86 1.55


Citing This Report

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: Global Climate Report for May 2016, published online June 2016, retrieved on September 22, 2019 from https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/201605/supplemental/page-1.

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