The last four years were the four hottest years on record, the UK Met Office reported. Now they are predicting the next five years could be the hottest the world has seen in 150 years.
In the next five years, the Met Office predicts average temperatures somewhere between 14.73C and 15.27C (58.51F and 59.49F). They predict average temperatures higher than the last four years and potentially the warmest decade in nearly 150 years.
Europe had its warmest year on record in 2018, the fourth hottest year globally since records began in 1880. 2016 was the hottest year ever known and the 20 warmest years ever have been in the last 22.
Rising temperatures impact the increasing severity of global weather events, experts warn, already being seen in hurricanes, heatwaves, droughts and floods.
By 2100, the world is on track for a rise in temperature of 3.5C to 7.0C above pre-industrial times, according to various estimates.
Photo: “Analyses Reveal Record-Shattering Global Warm Temperatures in 2015” by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is licensed under CC BY 2.0