Jul 4, 2016

Seven Climate Records Set So Far in 2016

by
Adam Vaughan
,
The Guardian, Climate Central
Image: The Guardian, NASA
Image: The Guardian, NASA

Since October, every month has been the hottest on record. Every month this year has been the hottest on record globally for that month. May, data published by NASA revealed, was no exception. NASA’s dataset, one of three main global surface temperature records, shows February recorded the highest anomaly against long term average temperatures.

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India has been record hot. India recorded its hottest day ever on May 19. The mercury in Phalodi, in the desert state of Rajasthan, rose to 124°F (51°C), as a nationwide drought that has affected more than 300 million people marched on, leaving armed guards at dams, and reservoirs well below their usual levels.

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Alaska, along with the rest of the Arctic, has experienced record-breaking heat. Spring was the warmest on record in the state, with an average temperature of 32°F (0°C), and the average year-to-date temperature has been 5.5°C above the long term average.

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Australia recorded its warmest autumn on record in 2016. Australia, no stranger to record-breaking heat, just clocked up its hottest autumn yet. Average temperatures were 1.86°C above the average, beating the previous record of 1.64°C above average, set in 2005