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Annual Global Temperature Records

2018 Was the Fourth Warmest Year, Continuing Long Warming Trend
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2018 Was the Fourth Warmest Year, Continuing Long Warming Trend

The past five years have been the warmest years in the modern record, and 18 of the 19 warmest years have occurred since 2000.

Published Feb 6, 2019

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2017 Was the Second Hottest Year on Record
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2017 Was the Second Hottest Year on Record

Globally averaged temperatures were 0.90 degrees Celsius (1.62 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than the long-term mean.

Published Jan 18, 2018

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Global Temperature Record Broken for Third Consecutive Year
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Global Temperature Record Broken for Third Consecutive Year

The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.1°C (2.0°F) since the late 19th century.

Published Jan 19, 2017

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2015 Was the Hottest Year on Record
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2015 Was the Hottest Year on Record

Long-term climate change got a boost from the developing El Niño and obliterated previous records.

Published Jan 21, 2016

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2014 Was the Warmest Year in the Modern Record
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2014 Was the Warmest Year in the Modern Record

Separate analyses by NASA and NOAA agree that the past year was hotter than any other since 1880. The ten warmest years in the instrumental record, with the exception of 1998, have now occurred since 2000.

Published Jan 17, 2015

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