Odds are increasing that 2016 will be the hottest year on the books, as April continued a remarkable streak of record-warm months.
How global temperatures have differed from average so far this year.
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Credit: NOAA – announced temperature data for April on Wednesday, with month measuring 1.98°F (1.1°C) above 20th century average of 56.7°F (13.7°C), warmer than previous record-hot April of 2010 by 0.5°F (0.3°C).
NASA’s data showed the month was about the same amount above the average from 1951-1980…analysis shows year-to-date, through April is 1.45°C above average from that period. As El Niño continues to rapidly decay, monthly temperature anomalies are slowly declining. They are still considerably higher than they were just last year, the current title-holder for the hottest year on record…If 2016 does set the mark, it will be the third record-setting year in a row.