With two months of temperatures left to record, scientists are already predicting that this year will end up being one of the hottest three ever recorded.
The World Meteorological Organization has released figures indicating 2017 will continue the alarming warming trend experienced across the globe. If it weren’t for some years being affected by the El Niño phenomenon, 2017 would be on track to become the hottest year ever, however a particularly strong El Niño system in 2016 means that it is unlikely to be surpassed.
The figures were presented in the State of the Global Climate report, released on the opening day of the UN’s annual climate talks.
Despite dropping from 2016, scientists from the WMO are still alarmed at the rate of the temperature rise, pointing to many of the “extraordinary” weather events from this year as evidence of the serious threat of climate change.
“We have witnessed extraordinary weather, including temperatures topping 50C in Asia, record-breaking hurricanes in rapid succession in the Caribbean and Atlantic, (and) reaching as far as Ireland, devastating monsoon flooding affecting many millions of people and a relentless drought in East Africa,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.
The unanimous prediction from scientists at the WMO is that developing countries would be hit the hardest. With equatorial temperatures rising to alarming heights, and an increased risk of extreme weather events, the WMO has once again warned the globe of the impact of climate change.