Earth’s temperature spiked to tie with record for May last month

The temperature of the Earth spiked last month to tie with the record high for May, US meteorologists reported.

The global average temperature was 15.7C meaning it was equal to that of May 2016, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The two months were the hottest months of May in 141 years of record keeping, the administration added.

They were nearly 1C higher than the 20th century average for Earth.

Temperature on land set a heat record, while ocean temperatures ranked second.

Hot weather was felt in the UK as people were urged to stay inside in keeping with coronavirus lockdown measures.

The Met Office also said England had its driest May on record – and for Wales it was the second driest.

Parts of Africa, Asia, western Europe, South and Central America experienced record warmth last month.

NOAA climate monitoring chief Deke Arndt said: “We continue to warm on the long term and in any given month we’re likely to be knocking on the door, close to a record in the era that we’re in.”

The last seven Mays, from 2014 to 2020, have been the seven warmest Mays on record.

This past spring was the second hottest on record behind 2016.

This year so far has had the second hottest five-month start of a year.

Mr Arndt said it is highly likely that 2020 will be one of the two hottest years since 1880.

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