Global temperatures have already smashed records this year, and now meteorologists are warning 2016 will be even hotter.The annual global temperature forecast from the Met Office suggests 2016 will be between 0.72C and 0.95C above the long-term average of 14°C.
Man-made global warming along with a smaller effect from the natural El Niño phenomenon in the Pacific are expected to push temperatures towards record levels next year.
Professor Chris Folland, from the UK’s Met Office said: ‘2015 is on track to be the warmest year on record and this forecast suggests 2016 is likely to be as warm if not warmer’.
The forecast for 2016 is higher than the predictions for 2015 made a year ago – which suggested temperatures would be 0.52C to 0.76C above the 1961 to 1990 long-term average.
The latest data for 2015 suggests it is 0.72C above the average – making it the hottest year on record.
With 2014 also one of the hottest on record Professor Adam Scaife head of long range prediction at the Met Office said:
‘This forecast suggests that by the end of 2016 we will have seen three record or near-record years in a row for global temperatures’.