April 2021 and Year to Date Were Among Earth’s Top-10 Warmest


Arctic sea ice coverage was 6th smallest on record

April was the world’s ninth-warmest April in 142 years of record keeping, despite unusually cool temperatures across much of North America, Europe, Australia, the eastern tropical Pacific and southern oceans.

Continuing a warm trend, the year to date ranked eighth warmest on record, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

Climate by the numbers: April 2021
The average global temperature in April was 1.42 degrees F (0.79 of a degree C) above the 20th-century average of 56.7 degrees F (13.7 degrees C), making April 2021 the ninth-hottest April on record.

April 2021 marked the 45th consecutive April and the 436th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th-century average.

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