Extreme climate trends continue after record 2016

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has warned that extreme and unusual climate trends have continued in 2017, and they are reaching new disturbing levels across the Earth.

2016 was not only recorded as the warmest year on record, but also found to have record increase in levels of atmospheric heat-trapping gas CO2. Sea ice in the Arctic region recorded a new winter low.

The WMO’s State of the Global Climate 2016 report, which is based on an analysis of information from a total of 80 national weather services, has now provided a clearer picture of last year’s climate.

Compared with the reference period of 1961-1990, last year was 0.83 degrees C hotter than the average, with average temperature reaching nearly 1.1C above the pre-industrial period.

WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said, “This increase in global temperature is consistent with other changes occurring in the climate system. Globally averaged sea-surface temperatures were also the warmest on record, global sea-levels continued to rise…”

However, not all the world warmed at equal pace last year. While the Arctic region witnessed an average temperature rise of around 3 degrees C above the 1961-1990 average, the yearly average in the Norwegian island of Svalbard was recorded 6.5 degrees above the pre-industrial period.