April 2016 was the hottest month the world has ever seen.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) says April was the seventh month in a row to have temperatures over 1 degree Celsius above the 1951-1980 average.
It broke the previous record by 0.24 degrees Celsius.
The NASA map below shows the world's record high temperatures from 65 years ago:
Below, is another NASA map, showing the temperatures in April 2016:
NASA says the probability of 2016 being the hottest year on record now seems very likely.
US-based climate scientist Gavin Schmidt agrees with NASA.
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
University of Reading climate scientist Ed Hawkings tweeted an animation showing how temperatures rose from 1850 to 2016:
— Ed Hawkins (@ed_hawkins) May 9, 2016
Why is this happenning?
This is the big question. A number of factors to consider, but the main reasons include, but are not limited to:
- Carbon dioxide emissions from the industrial sector
- Carbon emissions from transportation
- Methane emissions from animals
- Burning and removing of vegetation
- Excessive farming and increased usage of chemical fertilisers
Social media reaction:
RT if this run of mild weather makes you think about climate change all the time and instead of enjoying it you get more and more depressed.
— Mr Salteena (@saniac) May 15, 2016
when people see the change in weather and still don't believe in global warming
— mom (@SUFFlCE) April 5, 2016
If you're smart enough to notice that the weather is different from last year... Then please acknowledge climate change and global warming
— Sofia (@s0fiaaax) March 9, 2016
yes, the weather is nice & all, but it shouldn't be this warm during the winter. global warming and climate change are a problem, realize it
— average agnes (@AgnesDieter) March 6, 2016