The latest data is in from the National Centers for Environmental Information, and it’s not good. Earth just experienced its hottest ever August since records began. You can see all the detail here, but we’ve pulled out some key highlights for you below.
The key facts:
- The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for August 2015 was 0.88°C (1.58°F) above the 20th century average of 15.6°C (60.1°F) and the highest August in the 136-year record.
- This was the sixth month in 2015 that has broken its monthly temperature record (February, March, May, June, July, and August).
- The average global land surface temperature for August 2015 was 1.14°C (2.05°F) above the 20th century average—the highest August value in the 1880–2015 record, exceeding the previous record set in 1998 by +0.13°C (+0.23°F).
- Across the oceans, the August 2015 globally-averaged sea surface temperature was 0.78°C (1.40°F) above the 20th century average—the highest temperature for any month in the 1880–2015 record and surpassing the previous record set in July 2015 by 0.04° (0.07°F).
- El Niño conditions were present across the equatorial Pacific Ocean during August 2015. According to analysis by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, sea surface temperatures during August were near or greater than 2°C (3.6°F) above the 1981–2010 average in the eastern half of the equatorial Pacific Ocean.
- There is a greater than 90 percent chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015/16.
With these latest figures, 2015 remains on track to be the hottest year on record.