April breaks global temperature record, 7th month of new highs

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Published on: May 16, 2016

The Guardian / Michael Slezak / 16 May 2016

3364April 2016 was the hottest April on record globally – and the seventh month in a row to have broken global temperature records.

The latest figures smashed the previous record for April by the largest margin ever recorded.

It makes three months in a row that the monthly record has been broken by the largest margin ever, and seven months in a row that are at least 1C above the 1951-80 mean for that month. When the string of record-smashing months started in February, scientists began talking about a “climate emergency”.

Figures released by Nasa over the weekend show the global temperature of land and sea was 1.11C warmer in April than the average temperature for April during the period 1951-1980

It all but assures that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, and probably by the largest margin ever.

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