|August 13, 2022|
April 2022 tied as Earth’s fifth-warmest
WASHINGTON - April was very warm throughout the globe, with the month tying 2010 as the fifth-warmest April in 143-year climate record, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.
Last month also contributed to a very warm start to 2022, as sea ice coverage at both poles ran well below average.
The average global temperature in April was 1.53 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 56.7 degrees F, tying with April 2010 as the fifth-warmest April on record.
Asia had its warmest April on record, dating back to 1910, with the month running 4.72 degrees F above average. Unusually high temperatures across India and Pakistan contributed to the record heat in Asia, with several locations setting new April temperature records.
Oceania had its fifth-warmest April on record, while Africa and South America saw their ninth and 12th-warmest April on record, respectively. North America was the only continent with a cooler-than-average April, seeing its coolest April since 2018.
The world’s 10 warmest Aprils have all occurred since 2010, with 2014-2022 all ranking among the 10 warmest Aprils on record.
The global temperature for the year to date (YTD, January through April 2022) was 1.57 degrees F above average, making it the fifth-warmest such YTD on record.
Asia had its fourth-warmest YTD on record, Oceania had its seventh warmest and Europe saw its 11th warmest. South America had its ninth-warmest January-through-April YTD on record, while North America saw its coolest such YTD since 2014. (Source: NOAA)
Story Date: May 15, 2022