The Sun

Apologies to Neil

Hottest. On record.

Policy response?

  1. Global average temperature record high for September and January–September;
  2. Separately, global oceans and global land were both highest on record for these periods of time

Climate Anomalies

  • The September average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.62°F (0.90°C) above the 20th century average&mdash. This was the highest September temperature on record, surpassing the previous record set last year by +0.12°F (+0.19°C). September’s high temperature was also the greatest rise above average for any month in the 136-year historical record, surpassing the previous record set in both February and March this year by 0.02°F (0.01°C).
  • The September globally-averaged land surface temperature was 2.09°F (1.16°C) above the 20thcentury average. This was also the highest for September in the 1880–2015 record, surpassing the previous record set in 2009 by +0.16°F (+0.09°C). Record warmth was observed across much of South America and parts of Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.

Antarctic Sea Ice

  • Antarctic sea ice extent during September 2015 was 100,000 square miles (0.53 percent) below the 1981–2010 average. This was the 16th smallest Antarctic sea ice extent on record and smallest since 2008. The maximum Antarctic sea extent was not reached until the month of October, and will be reported next month.



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