2016 projected to be hottest year on record
2016 is slated to be the hottest year on record as the average global temperature is breaching last year's record-making temperature, The United Nation's World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in its latest report.
An analysis of fresh data indicated that 2016's average global temperature is nearly 1.2 degree Celsius above the pre-industrial levels.
The report states that the global temperature between Jan. 2016 and Sep. 2016 have been around 0.88 degree Celsius (1.58°F) higher than the average temperature of 14°C for the reference period of 1961-1990, which is used by the organization as a benchmark.
The preliminary data for the month of October indicated that the average temperature is at an amply high level for the current year and the hottest year tag for 2016 is on the way.
WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas said, "Another year, another record. The extra heat from the powerful El Niño event has disappeared. The heat from global warming will continue. Because of climate change, the occurrence and impact of extreme events has risen."
The trend means that 16 of the last 17 hottest years on record will be during the current century, with the year of 1998 being the only outlier.
The WMO also warned events like Hurricane Matthew that hit Haiti in October this year, China's deadly flooding and Canada's biggest wildfire are signaling a drastic change in climate, and that such event will increase in the future.