If you ever personally felt that this year was mostly hotter than previous years, it’s because it probably is.
This year is almost over but 2016 is still about to set a record when it comes to being the hottest year in known history.
According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), this will be the third time in a row that global temperatures reached record levels, CTV News reports.
“Another year, another record. The extra heat from the powerful El Niño event has disappeared but the heat from global warming will continue,” WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas said.
Taalas was referring to the El Niño phenomenon that started in late 2015 and ended in early 2016 which was among the strongest in thirty years.
He also warned that the continuous rise in global temperature has serious consequences including the increase of weather-related incidents.
“Because of climate change, the occurrence and impact of extreme events has risen. ‘Once in a generation’ heatwaves and flooding are becoming more regular. Sea level rise has increased exposure to storm surges associated with tropical cyclones,” he said.
Currently, global temperatures for the first nine months of 2016 have been recorded at 1.2 C above pre-industrial levels.