Published: 2021-01-08 11:40
Last Updated: 2021-04-22 15:50
Friday, according to the EU earth observation program ‘Copernicus,' the year 2020 has tied 2016 as the hottest year ever recorded.
The average global temperatures in 2020 stood at 1.25 degrees Celsius higher than pre-industrial levels, according to Copernicus. The years from 2014 to 2020 were the hottest on record.
However, last year's record high was more alarming as it came without the help of a periodic natural weather event known as an 'El Nino', which added up to two-tenths of a degree to the 2016 average, according NASA and Britain's Met Office.
The Director of Climate and Energy at the Breakthrough Institute in Oakland, California, Zeke Hausfather told AFP "It is quite clear that in the absence of El Nino and La Nina impacts on year-to-year temperatures, 2020 would be the warmest year on record."