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Wednesday, 25th November 2015

2015 likely to be Warmest on Record, 2011-2015 Warmest Five Year Period

Source: World Meteorological Organization

From Introduction and Executive Summary:

The five-year period from 2011 to 2015 has been the world’s warmest five-year period on record. It is likely that 2015 will be the world’s warmest year on record, with data to the end of October showing temperatures well above those of any previous year. The 2011-15 period was also the warmest on record for every continent except Africa.

The record high temperatures in the five-year period 2011-2015, along with the annual record set in 2014 and likely to be broken in 2015, are consistent with established long-term warming trends, the dominant cause of which is the emission of anthropogenic greenhouse gases. Year to year temperature changes occur in conjunction with the long term warming trend, in particular as a result of El Niño and La Niña events.

+ Press Release and link to five-year analysis (Word; 48 KB)


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