This year may become the second warmest year in the history of meteorological observations, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported on Wednesday, December 2.
According to the organization, the average world temperature from January to October 2020 was about 1.2 degrees higher than the average temperature in the period from 1850 to 1900.
“2020 is very likely to be one of the three warmest years in the world in observation history,” the report says.
Second place is occupied by 2016, and the third is located in 2019.
It is emphasized that the difference between the three warmest years is small, and the exact ratings for each data set may change as soon as the information is available for the whole year.
The most noticeable warming was observed in Northern Asia, where temperatures were more than five degrees above average.
“We have seen new extreme temperatures on land, at sea and especially in the Arctic. Natural fires have absorbed vast areas of Australia, Siberia, the U.S. west coast and South America, sending smoke plumes all over the world,” – the words of WMO Director-General Petteri Taalas are quoted in the report.
The document also notes that despite the isolation regime associated with the Coronavirus pandemic, the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continues to increase.