Aug 8, 2017

Global and regional climate in 2016

Kennedy, John, Dunn, Robert, McCarthy, Mark, Titchner, Holly, Morice, Colin
  • States that global temperatures in 2015 and 2016 were clearly the warmest two years on record
  • States that the record heat arose from the combined effect of the long-term temperature rise, attributed largely to greenhouse gases, and a temporary boost from the strong 2015/2016 El Niño event
  • Reports that record low sea-ice extent was observed in a number of months in the Arctic, and December also saw record low extent for the Antarctic
  • Finds that winter 2015/2016 was the second wettest winter on record for the UK
  • Results show that European-average temperatures in 2016 were nominally the third highest on record, slightly cooler than 2014 and 2015