Globally, the average land surface temperature
was the second highest on record for August
behind only 1998, at 0.99°C (1.78°F) above the
20th century average. Warmer than average
temperatures were evident over most of the
global land surfaces, except for parts of the
United States and western Europe, northern
Siberia, parts of eastern Asia and much of
central Australia stretching north.
Overall, 26 countries across every continent
except Antarctica had at least one station reporting a record
high temperature for August. The
each had stations that reported record warm
temperatures as well as at least one station
with a record cold temperature for the month.
One station in Antarctica also reported a record cold August temperature
for its 30-year period of record. The period of
record varies by station.
was only 0.06°C (0.11°F) above its 1961–1990
average; however, there were some large
variations between regions.
Western Australia had its fifth
highest maximum August temperature on record
(10th highest average temperature) while the
had its fourth lowest minimum August temperature
on record (also fourth lowest average