Warmth tipped the scales again last month, making it not only the 2nd hottest October on record, but also the 4th hottest year to date for the globe, according to a fresh analysis by scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.
Moreover, the 10 warmest October global temperatures have occurred since 2003. The last five Octobers (2014-2018) have been the five hottest Octobers on record.
Now let’s take a look at some of the highlights from our monthly global climate report:
Climate by the numbers
The average global temperature in October was 1.55 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 57.1 degrees. This was the second highest temperature for October in the 139-year record (1880-2018). Last month was also the 42nd consecutive October and the 406th consecutive month with temperatures above average.
The year to date // January through October
The year-to-date (YTD) average global temperature was 1.39 degrees F above the average of 57.4 degrees. This is the fourth highest on record for the January-through-October period. Europe had its hottest YTD since continental records began in 1910, logging a global temperature 3.31 degrees F above the average.