Records show previous year was the fourth-warmest

2018 was one of the hottest years on record — and this year could be even hotter

On Wednesday it incorporated the final weeks of previous year into its climate models and concluded that average global surface temperature in 2018 was 1 degree Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial baseline levels. "The last five years have been the record warmest years that we've seen in a record that goes back to the 19th century and possibly even hundreds of years before that".

The last five years were collectively the world's warmest on record, two of the largest USA science agencies announced on Wednesday. Scientists say that if the world is to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, global temperatures must not rise by more than two degrees Celsius compared with pre-industrial levels. This, according to scientists, is a result of the continuing warming trend caused by the excess emission of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.

"The impacts of long-term global warming are already being felt in coastal flooding, heat waves, intense precipitation, and ecosystem change", Schmidt said.

Air and sea surface temperature data from 6,300 weather stations, ship and buoy observations, and temperature measurements from Antarctic research stations were analyzed.

The report shows that a lot of the Southwest, like Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona experienced drought through most of previous year.


The past five years were the warmest ever on record, a NASA official said on Wednesday in NY.

NASA announced today that 2018 was officially the 4th warmest year since the 1880s, with the fastest increase in warming found in the Arctic. "That means kids graduating from high school have only known a world of record-breaking temperatures".

Since then, there's been a clear and sharp upward trend - in fact, NOAA says that every year since 1977 has had an above-average temperature.

Last year was also the third wettest on record in the U.S. Nine eastern states had their wettest years on record, "an exclamation point on a trend of big rain" in the age of climate change, Arndt said.

In January, the same organization warned that levels of planet-warming carbon dioxide will rise by a near-record amount in 2019. The damage included Hurricane Michael's $25 billion tally and $24 billion each from Hurricane Florence and the western wildfires.

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