Earth had its fifth-warmest September on record

September Highlights:

  • September 2022 tied as fifth warmest for the globe.
  • North America had its warmest September on record. Asia and Africa had a top-six warm September.
  • The Arctic reached its minimum annual sea ice extent on September 18, while the Antarctic very likely reached its annual maximum extent two days prior.
  • Above-average September tropical cyclone activity occurred across the globe.

September 2022 tied with 2021 as the globe’s fifth-warmest September in the 143-year NOAA record. The year-to-date (January-September) global surface temperature was the sixth warmest on record. According to NCEI’s Global Annual Temperature Outlook, there is a greater than 99% chance that 2022 will rank among the 10-warmest years on record but less than 5% chance that it will rank among the top five.

This monthly summary, developed by scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, business, academia and the public to support informed decision-making.


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