The monthly anomaly of the global average surface temperature in February 2016 (i.e. the average of the near-surface air temperature over land and the SST) was +0.62°C above the 1981-2010 average (+1.04°C above the 20th century average), and was the warmest since 1891. On a longer time scale, global average surface temperatures have risen at a rate of about 0.78°C per century.
1st. 2016 (+0.62°C), 2nd. 1998 (+0.43°C), 3rd. 2002 (+0.28°C), 4th. 2015 (+0.26°C), 5th. 2004 (+0.21°C)