The year 2016 had seen extreme weather conditions and thus the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) claims last year being the warmest year on record. Extreme climatic conditions followed by the ‘Arctic heatwaves’ are even enduring until the year 2017.
Since the record-keeping began during the late 19 century, the average global temperature witnessed a rise of 1.1 degrees above the pre-industrial era. While the same was 0.06 degrees above the 2015 record.
The global climate system also led to shrinking Arctic sea ice and swelling sea level for most of the year. Severe drought also hammered Southern and Eastern Africa and Central America. Moreover, carbon-di-oxide also reached its highest emission levels.
The last year’s alarming global warming remained unabated until this year as well. The extent of global warming can be made out of the fact that even the coral reefs also witnessed bleaching thereby hampering the morality of the marine life.
As per the UN, the way the air streams and seawater travel around the globe have been affected and changed by the warmer temperatures at the North Pole.
The newly released study also shows that the ocean heat is likely to increase more this year as compared with last years. Moreover, at least three times this winters, the Arctic has also witnessed heatwave conditions. In fact, Antarctic sea ice also observed a record low.
Due to the effect of global warming, balmy weather conditions also prevailed over the regions of Canada and most parts of the US. On the contrary, freezing cold weather stayed in parts of the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa.
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