NOAA: May Global Temperature is Warmest on Record

Spring and January-May also post record breaking temps

June 15, 2010

The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for May, March-May (Northern Hemisphere spring-Southern Hemisphere autumn), and the period January-May according to NOAA. Worldwide average land surface temperature for May and March-May was the warmest on record while the global ocean surface temperatures for both May and March-May were second warmest on record, behind 1998.

The monthly analysis from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, which is based on records going back to 1880, is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides government, business and community leaders so they can make informed decisions.

Global Highlights – May 2010

Temperature anomalies May 2010.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

Global Highlights – March-May 2010

Temperature Anomalies March - May 2010.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

Other Highlights

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Additional Information

May 2010 Global State of the Climate – Supplemental Figures & Information

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