May 15, 2016

April breaks global temperature record, marking seven months of new highs

by
Michael Slezak
,
The Guardian
Global land and sea temperature was 1.11C warmer in April 2016 than the average temperature for April during the period 1951-1980. Photo: Stephane Mahe/Reuters
Global land and sea temperature was 1.11C warmer in April 2016 than the average temperature for April during the period 1951-1980. Photo: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

April 2016 was the hottest April on record globally – and the seventh month in a row to have broken global temperature records.

The latest figures smashed the previous record for April by the largest margin ever recorded.

It makes three months in a row that the monthly record has been broken by the largest margin ever, and seven months in a row that are at least 1C above the 1951-80 mean for that month. When the string of record-smashing monthsstarted in February, scientists began talking about a “climate emergency”