NOAA: 2010 Tied with 1998 as Warmest Global Temperature on Record

Summer 2010 the second warmest on record, Arctic sea ice continues its 14-year decline

September 15, 2010

Temperature Anomolies, August 2010

Temperature Anomolies, August 2010

High Resolution (Credit: NOAA)

The first eight months of 2010 tied the same period in 1998 for the warmest combined land and ocean surface temperature on record worldwide. Meanwhile, the June–August summer was the second warmest on record globally after 1998, and last month was the third warmest August on record. Separately, last month’s global average land surface temperature was the second warmest on record for August, while the global ocean surface temperature tied with 1997 as the sixth warmest for August.

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Global Temperature Highlights: Year-to-Date; August

Global Temperature Highlights:  June through August

Polar Sea Ice and Precipitation Highlights

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Additional Information

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