It’s only getting hotter.
Last month was the hottest January since record keeping began in 1880, with globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces surpassing the previous record on 2007, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) Administration said.
Arctic sea ice extent was also smallest on record for January, it said, as a strong El Niño that evolved in 2015 continued to impact global weather and temperatures at the beginning of this year..
The broader trend is that we live in a rapidly warming world and it might only ge worse before it gets better, that is if at all But the broader trend is clear: Fifteen of the hottest 16 years ever measured are in the 21st century, data shows.
The NOAA said that during January, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.04°C above the 20th century average, surpassing the previous record of 2007 by 0.16°C, NOAA said, adding that January 2016 also marked the ninth consecutive month to break a monthly global temperature record.
The average Arctic sea ice extent for January was 410,000 square miles (7.14 percent) below the 1981–2010 average. This was the smallest January extent since records began in 1979 and 35,000 square miles smaller than the previous record of 2011, according to analysis by the National Snow and Ice Data Center based on data from NOAA and NASA.
Antarctic sea ice during January was 800,000 square miles (4.26 percent) below the 1981–2010 average. This was the 17th smallest Antarctic sea ice extent in the 38-year period of record and the smallest since 2011.