Thursday, September 20, 2018
August 2018: 5th hottest August and 4th warmest year so far
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the US Department of Commerce, the average global temperature in August 2018 was 1.33 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 60.1 degrees. This was the fifth highest global temperature for August in the 139-year record (1880–2018). Last month was also the 42nd consecutive August and the 404th consecutive month with temperatures above average.
Further, the year-to-date average global temperature was 1.37 degrees F above average of 57.3 degrees. This is the fourth highest on record for the January through August (YTD) period, but 0.47 of a degree lower than the record high set in 2016 for the same period. http://bit.ly/2NoB6vw
Ranjan K Panda
Convenor, Combat Climate Change Network, India