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Monthly Highlights on the Climate System

'Monthly Highlights on the Climate System' has been issued in PDF format since March 2007 as a monthly bulletin focusing on the monthly highlights of the monitoring results.

Explanatory Notes

Highlights in May 2016

- The monthly anomaly of the global average surface temperature was the second highest since 1891.
- The El Niño event, which persisted since the boreal summer 2014, is likely to have ended (see El Niño Outlook updated on 10 June 2016).
- Convective activity was enhanced over the Indian Ocean and suppressed over the western Pacific.
- The westerly jet stream shifted northward of its normal position over the area from Eurasia to the seas east of Japan.
- Monthly mean temperatures were significantly above normal all over Japan because of warm southerly wind and above normal sunshine duration.

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