NOAA: 2020 was the 5th warmest year on record for the US

All five warmest years have occurred since 2012

2020 was the 5th warmest year on record (NOAA)

2020 was a year for the record books for many different reasons, including being one of the warmest years ever in the contiguous U.S.

  • The average temperature was 54.4 degrees Fahrenheit in 2020 -- that’s 2.4 degrees above the 1901-2000 average!
  • Five of the warmest years on record have all occurred since 2012: 2020, 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2012.
  • The warmest year for the contiguous U.S. was in 2012, when the average temperature was 55.28 degrees Fahrenheit.

Local Stats

It was a warm year for those of us around the KSAT 12 viewing area, too.

  • Del Rio recorded its warmest year ever with an average temperature of 74.1 degrees Fahrenheit. Records have been taken since 1906.
  • San Antonio recorded its 3rd warmest year with an average temperature of 71.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Records have been taken since 1885.

About the Author:

Sarah Spivey is a San Antonio native who grew up watching KSAT. She has been a proud member of the KSAT Weather Authority Team since 2017. Sarah is a Clark High School and Texas A&M University graduate. She previously worked at KETN News. When Sarah is not busy forecasting, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and cat, and playing music.