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2016 on track to be hottest year on record

Published 21/07/2016

June 2016 was the 14th consecutive month of record heat around the planet, a report has found
June 2016 was the 14th consecutive month of record heat around the planet, a report has found

The first six months of this year have continued to shatter global heat records, putting 2016 on track to be the Earth's hottest year on record, the World Meteorological Organisation said.

The United Nations-linked body said in a report that June 2016 was the 14th consecutive month of record heat around the planet and the 378th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th century average.

Students from Chicago enjoy the sun on Portstewart Strand
Students from Chicago enjoy the sun on Portstewart Strand
Aaron Callaghan and Sophie Jefferies on the beach at Newcastle
Seapark, Holywood, Co Down. Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Seapark, Holywood, Co Down. Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Picture: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Tilly, Debbie, Charlotte 7 and Daniel 5 Ingram. Seapark, Holywood, Co Down. Picture: Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Seapark, Holywood, Co Down. Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye
Seapark, Holywood, Co Down. Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Belfast City Hall. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye - Tuesday 16th August 2016
Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Belfast City Hall. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye - Tuesday 16th August 2016
Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Belfast City Hall. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye - Tuesday 16th August 2016
Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Belfast City Hall. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye - Tuesday 16th August 2016
Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Belfast City Hall. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye - Tuesday 16th August 2016
Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Belfast City Hall. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye - Tuesday 16th August 2016
Temperatures have hit the glorious 20s in Northern Ireland. Belfast City Hall. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye - Tuesday 16th August 2016
Lisa Fenton with daughter Freya from Islandmagee enjoy the sun in Belfast city centre
Ellen Straghan (92) from Ballyhackamore enjoys the sun in Belfast city centre
Little Lucy McBurney from Belfast enjoys a delicious 99
Elephants cool down during the tropical weather at Belfast Zoo
Penguins cool down during the tropical weather at Belfast Zoo
People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City as good weather continues across Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City as good weather continues across Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th June 2016 People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City as good weather continues across Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th June 2016 People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City as good weather continues across Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th June 2016 People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City as good weather continues across Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th June 2016 People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City as good weather continues across Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th June 2016 People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City as good weather continues across Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th June 2016 People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City as good weather continues across Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th June 2016 People enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Belfast City as good weather continues across Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 2/6/2016 Enjoying a great day of sunshine as the lovely weather continues, at Botanic gardens in Belfast on Thursday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Thursday 2nd June 2016 Good weather continues with lunch and picnics being the trend at Belfast City Hall.
Pacemaker Press INTL 02/06/2016: Chihuahua Kizmen Kershaw pictured with enjoy the sunshine in Belfast as Temperatures climbed to the low 20s and looks set to continue the trend. According to the Met Office, it will be another fine day with warm sunny spells developing and highs of 22C. Picture By: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Press INTL 02/06/2016: Sinead Laverty , Fiadh Dunlop 1 Year old and Paula Fitzsimons with baby Lorcan Maguire pictured with enjoy the sunshine in Belfast as Temperatures climbed to the low 20s and looks set to continue the trend. According to the Met Office, it will be another fine day with warm sunny spells developing and highs of 22C. Picture By: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Press INTL 02/06/2016: Louise MCCallum and dogs Paddy and Mea and Laura Begley and Max Shield pictured with enjoy the sunshine in Belfast as Temperatures climbed to the low 20s and looks set to continue the trend. According to the Met Office, it will be another fine day with warm sunny spells developing and highs of 22C. Picture By: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker Press
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Friday 3rd June 2016 Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey. The warm weather contunies and at Loughshore Park, Newtownabbey everyone enjoy's the sunshine.
Dogs Tilly and Maora enjoying a frolic in the spring daffodils in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - March 14, Pictured is spring weather in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - March 14, Pictured is spring weather in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - March 14, Pictured is spring weather in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - March 14, Pictured is spring weather in Victoria Park on March 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Walking the dog during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 Skate Boarder during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 The Lovely Spring weather at Oxford Island in Lurgan Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 The Lovely Spring weather at Oxford Island in Lurgan Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 The Lovely Spring weather at Oxford Island in Lurgan Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 Running during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 A Cyclist during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/03/2016 Feeding the birds during the Lovely Spring weather at Lurgan Park in Co Armagh on Monday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th March 2016 People relaxing in the spring sun around the City Hall in Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The organisation said that global warming-causing carbon dioxide concentrations so far this year have surpassed the symbolic milestone of 400 parts per million in the atmosphere.

"Another month, another record. And another. And another. Decades-long trends of climate change are reaching new climaxes, fuelled by the strong 2015/2016 El Nino," World Meteorological Organisation secretary-general Petteri Taalas said in a statement.

"This underlines more starkly than ever the need to approve and implement the Paris Agreement on climate change."

The report found that heat has resulted in very early onset of seasonal melting of major ice sheets, with Arctic Sea ice now covering about 40% less area during the summer melt season than it did in the 1970s.

The heat conditions played havoc with weather conditions, with many regions including the United States experiencing drier than normal conditions, while China, central Europe and much of Australia experienced wetter than usual weather.

The increased heat also resulted in widespread bleaching of coral reefs around the world, threatening marine ecosystems, the report said.

According to Nasa figures cited in the report, the first half of 2016 was on average 2.4F (1.3 C) warmer than in the late 19th century, prior to industrialisation.

Segolene Royal, who headed the global climate negotiations, said she wants nations to ratify the Paris climate agreement by the time parties to the global climate talks meet again in Morocco in early November.

The agreement will enter into force once 55 countries have ratified it but so far only 19 have done so.

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