A new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has projected 2014 as the hottest year on record for the Earth.
According to the report, the year 2104 is likely to witness global temperatures 1.03 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the 1961-to-1990 average.
With the temperature, ‘2014’ would become the 38th consecutive year having a high annual global temperature.
The estimate was reported in the annual compendium of WMO on the “Status of the Global Climate”.
The WMO report for this year was released during the United Nations climate talks in Lima, Peru. The diplomats were meeting there to negotiate a new global climate agreement which is slated to be signed in Paris next year.
The report was prepared after gathering data from the US space agency NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Met Office of the United Kingdom.
To prepare such reports, the temperatures are usually compared with the normal one averaged over a 30-year stretch from 1961 to 1990.
The oceans that were responsible for driving the temperature rise in 2014 include– the Pacific, the polar and subtropical north Atlantic, the Indian Ocean and parts of the south Atlantic. All the water bodies witnessed the warmest temperatures ever recorded. The temperature measured for the global sea surface was 0.45 degree Celsius above the 1961-90 normal. On the other hand, the temperatures on land were 0.86 C above normal.