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2019 to round off the hottest decade in history

  • Temperatures between January and October this year were 1.1 degrees higher than temperatures between 1850 and 1900

2019 will be the second or third hottest year since records began, capping off the hottest decade on record, according to the World Meteorological Organisation.

Petteri Taalas, the organisation's general secretary, explained that "Heatwaves and floods that used to happen once a century are becoming regular occurrences".

Temperatures between January and October this year were 1.1 degrees higher than temperatures between 1850 and 1900, and Taalas warned that temperatures could easily tip over the two degrees agreed upon in the 2015 Paris Agreement; in fact, at current rates, the world is heading towards four or five degrees of warming.

This year saw record heatwaves in France, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany.