Arctic and Antarctic sea ice cover remains small
While North America had its coldest April since 2013, the rest of the world was downright balmy.
Record and near-record-warm temperatures were felt across Europe and from Argentina to Australia, making it the third hottest April on record globally.
Let’s see how the Earth fared last month and for the year to date, according to NOAA’s latest monthly global climate analysis:
Climate by the numbers
The average global temperature for April 2018 was 1.49 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 56.7 degrees. This was the third highest for April in the 139-year record (1880–2018). Nine of the 10 warmest Aprils have occurred since 2005. April 2018 also marks the 42nd consecutive April and the 400th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th-century average.
The year to date | January through April 2018
The year-to-date average global temperature was 1.37 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 54.8 degrees. This was the fifth warmest average temperature for the year to date on record and the coolest such period since 2014. The years 2015, 2016 and 2017 ranked among the three warmest year to date periods on record.
More notable climate facts and stats
Minimal sea ice at the poles
The average Arctic sea ice coverage (extent) in April was 6.8 percent below the 1981-2010 average, ranking it the second smallest extent since records began in 1979.
Antarctic sea ice coverage in April was 12.3 percent below average and the fifth smallest on record for April.
Warmer-than-average lands and oceans
The globally averaged, land surface temperature ranked ninth warmest for April and sixth warmest for the year to date (through April).
The globally averaged sea surface temperature was fourth warmest for April and fifth warmest for the year to date.
South America and Europe led the continents in warmth rankings
South America and Europe had their warmest April on record; Oceania, its second; Africa, its fifth; Asia, its ninth; and North America, its 94th (where 2018 tied with 1918 as 15th coldest).