Global temperatures in 2016 have reached a peak high of 0.8 degrees Celsius above their level in the period between 1961 and 1990. This is the second year in a row to produce record global temperatures – although there isn’t a significant increase from 2015, according to the study authors. Warmer global temperatures in 2016 were the result of the climate change-induced long-term temperature rise, combined with a temporary boost from a major El Niño event. Exceptionally warm temperatures were also observed in the Arctic in 2016.
John Kennedy, Robert Dunn, Mark McCarthy, Holly Titchner, Colin Morice
John Kennedy, Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Science and Services, Exeter, UK, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Original paper published in Weather on August 8, 2017.