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April was the world's third-warmest such month on record

Global average temperature anomalies for April 2018 made it the third-warmest such month on record.
Global average surface temperature anomalies for April 2018 in degrees Celsius. Credit: NASA.

Despite the fact that millions shivered through an unusually cold and snowy start to spring in the U.S. and Canada, the world still had the third-warmest such month in 138 years of record-keeping, according to new NASA data out Wednesday.

  • Separate data released from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Thursday also found April was the third-warmest such month, and the 400th straight month with a temperature above the 20th century average.