Tuesday, October 18, 2016

2016 locked into being hottest year on record

Data shows September was the warmest in modern temperature monitoring following months of record-breaking anomalies this year. Temperature was 0.91C above the average temperature for that time of year from 1951 to 1980, the benchmark used for measuring rises.

The new findings follow record-breaking monthly anomalies throughout this year, leading the agency to believe that because of the highs reported so far, 2016 will take the crown as warmest in the 136 years of modern data-keeping.
September’s high temperatures compared with the long-term average means that 11 of the last 12 consecutive months, back to October 2015, have set new records. Last year was the hottest year since modern records began, where brought about in part by a strong El Niño event. When 2015’s status was confirmed, that it would have been the warmest year even without the El Niño.

July 2016 was the hottest single month since instruments have been reliably used to measure temperature, followed by a similar effect in August.

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