2015 Was Officially the Warmest Year On Record
Data published by the US space agency NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has confirmed that 2015 was the warmest year on record. Global temperatures saw an increase of 0.130c compared to 2014.
Experts say that the record temperatures were due to a combination of El Niño and human induced warming. El Niño is also contributing towards worldwide weather extremes including the current African drought. It’s the second year that a new global high has been established and scientists say it is likely that 2016 will see a further increase, making it the first time that the record has been broken in three consecutive years.
Dr Peter Stott, from the British meteorological organisation’s Hadley research centre, said; “The end of 2015 was very exceptional in many ways. Here in the UK we had both the wettest and the warmest December in our records going back to 1910, but also globally. Looking ahead, 2016 looks like it’s also going to be another warm year and that’s associated with the fact that human influence on the climate through greenhouse gas emissions has pushed us into new territory.”
Fifteen of the sixteen warmest years on record have occurred since 2001, but last year was the first that saw temperatures rise to 10c above the pre industrial average. Met Office figures show that 2015 was 0.750c warmer than the long-term average between 1961-1990.