The World Meteorological Organization warned "that long-term warming continues," with the world "already approaching the lower limit of temperature increase the Paris Agreement seeks to avert."
UN chief Antonio Guterres said the world's "broken" energy system is "bringing us ever closer to climate catastrophe", as he rolled out his five-point plan to tackle climate change.
There is a 93% chance of at least one year between 2022-2026 becoming the warmest on record and dislodging 2016 from the top ranking, the UN warns.
World Meteorological Organization warns industrial slowdown due to the pandemic has not curbed record concentrations of greenhouse gases that trap heat in the atmosphere and trigger extreme weather events.
The last five-year period has been the warmest five years on record, said the UN's World Meteorological Organization.
The World Meteorological Organization said global temperatures so far this year were 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average between 1850-1900, making 2019 one of the top three warmest years ever recorded.
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