November 6, 2017
This year is expected to be one of the hottest on record, with global temperatures more than 1°C (1.8°F) above pre-industrial levels.
While 2017 is not on track to outstrip the record heat of 2016, it is expected to be the second or third warmest year recorded, the World Meteorological Organisation said.
It will be the hottest without the influence of an ‘El Nino’ natural weather pattern, which pushes up global temperatures.
The global heatwave has been accompanied by ‘extraordinary weather’ from record-breaking hurricanes to heatwaves, flooding and drought.
Many of these devastating events bear the tell-tale sign of climate change caused by human activity, the WMO said.
This article was posted: Monday, November 6, 2017 at 9:17 am