NASA has taken our planet’s temperature, and it’s not good news. Globally, April 2016 was the hottest April on record – continuing an unprecedentedly warm start to the year.
The new data, released at the weekend, shows that last month was over 1°C warmer than the average global April temperature during the period 1951-1980. It’s the seventh month in a row to have broken global records.
Climate scientists now predict that 2016 will be the warmest year on record.
With Apr update, 2016 still > 99% likely to be a new record (assuming historical ytd/ann patterns valid). pic.twitter.com/GTN9sPL2D7— Gavin Schmidt (@ClimateOfGavin) May 14, 2016
“It’s scary,” meteorologist Eric Holthaus told The Independent. “I’m at the point where I don’t know what will happen next. We knew an El Niño would impact things, but I don’t think anyone expected this jump.”
The recently signed Paris Agreement pledges to limit our planet’s temperature increase to just 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Experts note that the latest temperature readings are already getting perilously close.