New NASA data: April 2016 hottest on record

The global temperature last month was over 1°C warmer than average.

16th May 2016
New temperature data reveals that April 2016 was the hottest on record © iStock

NASA has taken our planet’s temperature, and it’s not good news. Globally, April 2016 was the hottest April on record – continuing an unprecedentedly warm start to the year.

The new data, released at the weekend, shows that last month was over 1°C warmer than the average global April temperature during the period 1951-1980. It’s the seventh month in a row to have broken global records.

Climate scientists now predict that 2016 will be the warmest year on record.



“It’s scary,” meteorologist Eric Holthaus told The Independent. “I’m at the point where I don’t know what will happen next. We knew an El Niño would impact things, but I don’t think anyone expected this jump.”



The recently signed Paris Agreement pledges to limit our planet’s temperature increase to just 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Experts note that the latest temperature readings are already getting perilously close.

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