THE HOTTEST DECADE EVER
THE last decade – 2010 to 2019 – was the hottest ever recorded on Earth.
The annual State of the Climate report, which is written by 520 scientists from more than 60 countries, found that every decade since 1980 has been warmer than the one before.
The Met Office’s State of the UK Climate report recently found that the last decade was the UK’s warmest too. It was 0.9°C warmer on average across the country than in the period 1961-1990.
As climate change continues, its direct impact on the planet is becoming clearer.
The global report found that:
▮ Sea-surface temperatures were the second warmest ever in 2019. The highest temperatures were recorded in 2016.
▮ Melting glaciers and a loss of polar ice have led to global sea levels reaching a new high point of 8.76cm above average levels in 1993, when measurements began.
▮ The polar regions of the Arctic and Antarctic had their second hottest year on record in 2019.
▮ Greenhouse gas levels reached their highest level ever last year.
▮ There were a record high number of extreme warm days across the world in 2019.
In the UK, 2019 saw the highest temperature ever recorded, when the thermometer hit 38.7°C in Cambridge. It also saw the highest winter temperature ever, when 21.2°C was recorded on 26 February 2019 in Kew.
A packed Brighton beach last summer