Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

2010 may be hottest year on record

Temperatures have soared across most of the world in 2010

Last month was the second warmest July on record, and so far 2010 remains on track to be the hottest year, a US climate data centre has revealed.

The National Climatic Data Centre said that worldwide, the average temperature in July was 16.5C (61.6F). Only July 1998 was hotter since record-keeping began more than a century ago.

And the January-July period was the warmest first seven months of any year on record, averaging 14.5C (58.1F). In second place was January-July of 1998.

The report comes after a month of worldwide extremes including floods, fires, melting ice and feverish heat.

Atmospheric scientists have grown increasingly concerned about human-induced global warming in recent years, though political pressures and fierce arguments about climate change have slowed efforts to develop solutions.

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