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Global Temperatures to Set the Hottest Records for the Next 5 Years, WMO said

The United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is warning that the next 5 years are expected to be the hottest period ever recorded. 

WMO adds that the combined impact of greenhouse gasses and El Niño – a naturally occurring weather phenomenon, will cause temperatures to soar between 2023 and 2027, 

El Niño and La Niña are climate patterns that cause extreme weather in different parts of the world. Typically El Niño tends to raise global average temperatures, while La Niña has a cooling effect.

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There is a 98% chance that at least one year between 2023 and 2027 will be the hottest year on record for global average annual near-surface temperatures, the WMO said. The UN agency further said there is a 66% chance that at least one of those years reaches an average annual temperature more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures.

“This report does not mean that we will permanently exceed the 1.5 degrees Celsius level specified in the Paris Agreement which refers to long-term warming over many years,” said WMO Secretary-General Prof. Petteri Taalas. “Nevertheless, the WMO expresses concern that we will occasionally breach the 1.5 degrees Celsius level with increasing frequency.”

The WMO statement said the global annual average temperature last year was about 1.15 degrees Celsius above the average temperature of 1850-1900.


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