World temperatures hit new high in 2016 for third year in a row, NOAA and NASA say

Baku, January 19, AZERTAC

World temperatures have hit a record high for the third year in a row in 2016, creeping closer to a ceiling set for global warming with extremes including unprecedented heat in India and ice melt in the Arctic, US government agencies say, ABC News reports.

The average surface temperature over land and the oceans in 2016 was 14.84 degrees Celsius — 0.94C above the 20th-century average — according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

US space agency NASA reported almost identical data, and the UK Met Office and University of East Anglia, which also track global temperatures for the United Nations, said 2016 was the hottest year on record.

Temperatures, said to be lifted by both man-made greenhouse gases and a natural El Nino event that released heat from the Pacific Ocean last year, beat the 2015 record by 0.04C.

The UN-affiliated World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and other international weather-monitoring groups agreed 2016 was a record, with international weather agency chief Petteri Taalas saying "temperatures only tell part of the story" of extreme warming.

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