NOAA: Second Warmest July and Warmest Year-to-Date Global Temperature on Record

August 13, 2010

The combined global land and ocean surface temperature made this July the second warmest on record, behind 1998, and the warmest averaged January-July on record. The global average land surface temperature for July and January–July was warmest on record. The global ocean surface temperature for July was the fifth warmest, and for January–July 2010 was the second warmest on record, behind 1998.

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Global Temperature Highlights

Temperature Anomalies July 2010.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)


High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

Polar Sea Ice and Precipitation Highlights

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Additional Information

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

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