Boston: April tied 2010 as the warmest for the month globally since 1880 even as Canada and the US had below-average readings, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The combined global temperature over land and ocean surfaces was 58.09 degrees Fahrenheit (14.47 Celsius), which is 1.39 degrees above the 20th century average. It was the 38th consecutive April to measure about the last century’s mark, NOAA said in a statement.
The last below-average April was April 1976, and the last average or below-average temperature for any month was February 1985, NOAA said.
Many areas around the world were much warmer than average, with parts of Siberia and Australia setting temperature records, and this offset readings in the US and Canada that were lower than long-term trends. No land area set records for the coolest April on record.
Globally, April also had the third-largest amount of sea- ice on record with 8.93 million square miles, or 4.5% above the 1981-2010 average, NOAA said.
The most ice was in Antarctica, which broke a record set in 2008 for the most ever, the agency said. In the Arctic sea ice was below the 1981-2010 average and the fifth-least recorded by the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.
January to April was also the sixth-warmest start to the year globally, with a combined land and sea temperature 1.15 degrees above the 20th century average, NOAA said. BLOOMBERG