May 17, 2019

Earth experiences second-hottest April on record

United States
Miranda Green
The Hill
Image: Getty Images
Image: Getty Images

This past April was the second hottest in recorded history, according to data released by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The report found that April 2019 was the second hottest month since records began in 1891, rivaled only by April 2016.

Five of the hottest recorded Aprils have occurred in the past decade, according to the agency, with April 2017 and 2018 being the third and fourth hottest months respectively across the globe. April 2014 and 1998 tied for fifth.

This April's temperatures were 0.43 degrees Celsius above the recorded average, the data found.

The findings follow a trend of increasing temperatures and weather events tied to climate change.