Jun 13, 2016

May 2016 Was the 8th Consecutive Warmest Month on Record For the Earth, NASA Says

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Chris Dolce
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Weather Underground
May 2016 temperature departures from average, in degrees Celsius, relative to 1951-1980 average. Brown/blue contours correspond to temperatures most above/below April averages. Image: NASA / GISS
May 2016 temperature departures from average, in degrees Celsius, relative to 1951-1980 average. Brown/blue contours correspond to temperatures most above/below April averages. Image: NASA / GISS

May 2016 was the warmest May on record for the earth, according to an analysis released Monday by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The top three warmest Mays in NASA's dataset have all now occurred in the last three years.

The global temperature departure in May 2016 was 0.93 degrees Celsius above the 1951-1980 average. This beat the previous May record set in 2014 by 0.07 degrees Celsius. This also marks the eighth consecutive month in a row in NASA's dataset that the earth has recorded its warmest respective month on record