May Continues Trend of Record Hot 2015

This year is still on track to surpass last year as the hottest on record, with newly released temperature data for May showing that 2015 is the warmest year-to-date in the past 135 years.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its data for May on Thursday, coincidentally the same day that the Pope released his much-anticipated message on the need to act on climate change. The agency said that this May was the warmest May since records began in 1880, coming in 1.57°F above the 20th century average. It beat last May’s previous record by 0.14°F.