Continental Temperature Anomalies

Current Month

March 2018
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2018) Rank
(out of 109 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +1.39 +2.50 +0.16 +0.29 Warmest 19th 2016 +3.05 +5.49
Coolest 91st 1923 -2.75 -4.95
South America +0.79 +1.42 +0.13 +0.24 Warmest 16th 2010 +1.57 +2.83
Coolest 94th 1910 -1.00 -1.80
Europe -0.16 -0.29 +0.14 +0.25 Warmest 69th 2014 +3.06 +5.51
Coolest 41st 1987 -2.96 -5.33
Africa +1.31 +2.36 +0.11 +0.20 Warmest 4th 2010 +1.69 +3.04
Coolest 106th 1948 -0.77 -1.39
Asia +2.23 +4.01 +0.25 +0.45 Warmest 8th 2008 +4.18 +7.52
Coolest 102nd 1911 -1.77 -3.19
Oceania +1.03 +1.85 +0.11 +0.20 Warmest 9th 2016 +1.92 +3.46
Coolest 101st 1918 -1.37 -2.47

Year To Date

January - March 2018
Continent Anomaly (1910-2000) Trend (1910-2018) Rank
(out of 109 years)
Records
°C °F °C °F Year(s) °C °F
North America +0.95 +1.71 +0.17 +0.31 Warmest 26th 2016 +3.12 +5.62
Coolest 84th 1936 -2.17 -3.91
South America +0.78 +1.40 +0.14 +0.25 Warmest 13th 2010 +1.41 +2.54
Coolest 96th 1911 -0.75 -1.35
Ties: 2006
Europe +0.88 +1.58 +0.14 +0.24 Warmest 30th 1990 +2.61 +4.70
Coolest 80th 1942 -3.12 -5.62
Africa +1.03 +1.85 +0.10 +0.17 Warmest 4th 2010 +1.70 +3.06
Coolest 106th 1934 -0.69 -1.24
Asia +1.54 +2.77 +0.19 +0.35 Warmest 9th 2002 +3.37 +6.07
Coolest 101st 1969 -2.70 -4.86
Oceania +1.30 +2.34 +0.12 +0.21 Warmest 2nd 2016 +1.37 +2.47
Coolest 108th 1917 -1.40 -2.52

Background

The July 2015 Global State of the Climate report introduces the regional analysis report, which focuses on the analysis of temperature anomalies for six continents: North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

The regional values, similar to the global values, are derived from the NOAAGlobalTemp data set. The continental polygons are composed of the 5° x 5° grid points with center points in the respective continents. Then, in a similar way to the global analysis, the grid points are weighted by their area and averaged to compute a continental temperature anomaly time series. The anomalies are computed back to 1910, the approximate date by which all continents have station coverage sufficient to resolve values at the regional scale.

This regional analysis complements the global analysis by allowing us to understand and describe the state of an important climate indicator across a continent. It also helps to place the current continental temperature anomalies into historical perspective, displaying how the most current month, season, or year compares to the past.

Please note that all continental anomalies are with respect to the 1910—2000 average.

Region Definitions

Regions 1
Regions 2

References


Citing This Report

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate: Monthly Regional Analysis for March 2018, published online April 2018, retrieved on October 1, 2022 from https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/access/monitoring/monthly-report/global-regions/201803.