February smashed a century of global temperature records by “stunning” margin, according to data released by Nasa.
The Nasa data shows the average global surface temperature in February was 1.35C warmer than the average temperature for the month between 1951-1980, a far bigger margin than ever seen before.
The year 2016 is set to be hottest year on record globally, according to UK Met Office. The Agency estimates 2016 will be at least as hot as 2015, which would mean the three hottest years ever had occurred in a row.
Climate change and the peaking of the El Niño weather phenomenon are expected to drive the global average temperature next year above the record now certain to be set for 2015, which itself beat a new record set in 2014.
The Met Office forecast indicates the global average temperature in 2016 will be 1.14C above pre-industrial temperatures, showing how challenging it will be to meet the 1.5C goal. The Met Office said there was just a 5% chance the global average temperature in 2016 would be below that in 2015, according to the Guardian.
The scientists say the latest figures should encourage global leaders to make progress on the Paris Climate Agreement.