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Seasonal Anomalies of Global Average Surface Temperature in Spring (March to May) (1891 - 2016)

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The seasonal anomaly of the global average surface temperature in Spring (March to May) 2016 (i.e. the average of the near-surface air temperature over land and the SST) was +0.52°C above the 1981-2010 average (+0.92°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 0.77°C per century.

Five Warmest Years (Anomalies)

1st. 2016(+0.52°C), 2nd. 2015(+0.33°C), 3rd. 2014(+0.28°C), 4th. 2010(+0.26°C), 5th. 1998(+0.25°C)


  • Distribution of Surface Temperature Anomalies