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Monthly Anomalies of Global Average Surface Temperature in May (1891 - 2020)

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The monthly anomaly of the global average surface temperature in May 2020 (i.e. the average of the near-surface air temperature over land and the SST) was +0.41°C above the 1981-2010 average (+0.78°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 0.74°C per century.

Five Warmest Years (Anomalies)

1st. 2020(+0.41°C), 2nd. 2016,2015(+0.38°C), 4th. 2017(+0.36°C), 5th. 2019,2018(+0.34°C)


  • Monthly Anomalies of Global Average Surface Temperature
  • Distribution of Surface Temperature Anomalies