The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the average temperature for the contiguous U.S.in 2018 was 53.5 degrees Fahrenheit, making it a warmer-than-average year for the 22nd year in a row.
All the data points to one conclusion: 2018 was hotter than every single year between 1880 and 2014; only the three prior years were warmer than last year.
Global temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest on record, US government scientists have confirmed, adding to a stretch of five years that are now collectively the hottest period since modern measurements began.
That warming is driven by the amount of greenhouse gases humans have introduced into the atmosphere, particularly in the least 100 years, Schmidt said.
In fact, 2018 was the wettest year in the last 35 years.
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The records also show that the annual temperature of the Old Continent increased at an average rate of 0.12 Celsius degrees per decade since 1910, although it has nearly quadrupled to 0.43 Celsius since 1981.
Record land temperatures occurred in parts of the Middle East, Europe and New Zealand.
If Toronto felt warmer than usual previous year, it's because it was.
"According to our calculations, the Gulf of Mexico region had it's third warmest year on-record this year", said Deke Arndt, chief of the monitoring section of NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information. 2016, boosted by a strong El Nino that normally tips the mercury northwards, remains the hottest year on record.
The global climate record dates back to 1880, the year that it became possible to gather reliable and consistent temperatures around the Earth. Record levels of man-made greenhouse gas emissions, mainly from burning fossil fuels, trap ever more heat. NOAA's analysis found 2018 global temperatures were 1.42 degrees Fahrenheit (0.79 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average.
"The planet is warming". The damage included Hurricane Michael's $25 billion tally and $24 billion each from Hurricane Florence and the western wildfires.