CHICAGO — The numbers are in for May and they continue to paint a warm picture for the globe. It was the warmest May in the 136-year period of record with a global average temperature 1.57° above the 20th century average of 58.6°, beating the previous record set just one year ago by 0.14°. That makes this year the warmest-to-date in the last 136 years.
It was the 363rd consecutive month with a global average temperature above the 20th century average.
Here are some other highlights from NOAA’s report:
- May 2015 ties with February 1998 as the fourth highest monthly departure from average for any month on record.
- The two highest monthly departures from average occurred earlier this year in February and March, both at 1.60° above the 20th century average for their respective months.
- Alaska observed its warmest May in its 91-year period of record. The temperature was 5.6° higher than the 1981–2010 average.
- For the oceans, the May global sea surface temperature was 1.30° above the 20th century average of 61.3°, the highest for May on record, surpassing the previous record set last year by 0.13°.