2016 set to be hottest year on record

2016 set to be hottest year on recordThe year 2016 is likely to be the warmest year since records began, according to provisional data, DW reports.

The year 2016 looks likely to set new temperature records. The two previous years each set new records for highest average global temperature since precise measurements were first taken in 1880.

According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the planet's temperature above land and sea averaged 14.94 degrees Celsius from January to November - 0.06 degrees warmer than the same period last year.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) also predicts 2016 is likely to be the hottest year on record. According to UN estimates, the global temperature in 2016 was 14.88 degrees - 1.2 degrees higher than before the industrial revolution began in the mid-19th century. Data from the WMO put the average global temperature between 1961 and 1990 at 14 degrees.

The British Met Office also projected that 2017 was likely to be the third-warmest year, behind 2016 and 2015.
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