According to figures from NASA, the previous weekend shows the hottest temperature of land and sea the earth has ever achieved. The temperature reached 1.11 degrees celsius higher in April than the average temperature for April 1951-1980.
Experts said the figures indicate that 2016 will be the hottest year on record and by a very large margin.
The new record broke the hottest year of 2010’s record by 0.24 degrees Celsius.
According to NASA, a massive El Nino or a release of warm water across the Pacific Ocean is causing the blast of hot air towards continents.
“The interesting thing is the scale at which we’re breaking records,” said Andy Pitman, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science at the University of New South Wales in Australia. “It’s clearly all heading in the wrong direction.
“Climate scientists have been warning about this since at least the 1980s. And it’s been bloody obvious since the 2000s. So where’s the surprise?” said Pitman.
Pitmans said the recent figures put the recent goal agreed in Paris of just 1.5C warming in doubt. “The 1.5C target, it’s wishful thinking. I don’t know if you’d get 1.5C if you stopped emissions today. There’s inertia in the system. It’s putting intense pressure on 2C,” he said.