2018 temps were Earth’s fourth-hottest ever
The past five years have been the warmest years since records began in the late 1800s, according to NASA and NOAA.
The global temperature in 2018 was the fourth-hottest on record, scientists announced Wednesday. Only 2016 (warmest), 2015 (2nd-warmest) and 2017 (3rd-warmest) were hotter than 2018.
Overall, the past five years have been the five warmest years since records began in the late 1800s, according to a report released Wednesday.
“2018 is yet again an extremely warm year on top of a long-term global warming trend,” according to NASA’s Gavin Schmidt, the director of the agency’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies.
Specifically, NASA said global temperatures in 2018 were 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit above the average from 1951 to 1980.
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