2016 Will Be Hottest Year on Record (Download PDF)


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2016 was warmest year on record globally according to WMO’s ‘Status of the Global Climate in 2016’ report. WMO is the United Nation’s authoritative voice on Weather, Climate and Water.

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Key Highlights of Status of the Global Climate in 2016 Report

  • Third consecutive year that the temperature record has been broken.
  • Scorching temperatures drive extreme weather impacting people around the world.
  • Global temperatures for January to September 2016 were 1.2oC above pre-industrial levels and 0.88°C above the average for the 1961-1990 reference period.
  • Arctic sea ice remained at very low levels, especially during early 2016 and the October re-freezing period. In this region, temperatures were 6o to 7o C above the long-term average.
  • Many other Arctic and sub-Arctic regions in Russia, Alaska and northwest Canada were at least 3o C above average.
  • Occurrence and impact of extreme weather events has risen.
  • Heat waves and flooding are becoming more regular.
  • Population migration will increase because of more frequent and potentially more intense weather-related disasters.
  • Deadliest climate related event was Hurricane Matthew devastating the island of Haiti just over a month ago.

- Published/Last Modified on: November 15, 2016


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