2016 one of the warmest ever years, say Met Office

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The Met Office has said that 2016 was one of the warmest ever years.

It was one of the warmest alongside 2015, which means both years were warmer than another years on records that date back to 1850.

Data from the Met Office shows the global temperature shows that 2016 was 0.7°C above the 2015 mark.

Scientists say that the main contributing factors to the warm temperatures was mainly down to human emissions of Co2.

Peter Stott is Acting Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre. He said: “The final figures confirm that 2016 was yet another extremely warm year.

“In the HadCRUT4 dataset the temperature for last year was very close to the year before, temperatures for 2016 exceeding those for 2015 by a small margin.

“2015 was remarkable for having stood out so clearly from previous years as the warmest year since 1850 and now 2016 turns out to have been just as warm.

“A particularly strong El Niño event contributed about 0.2C to the annual average for 2016, which was about 1.1C above the long term average from 1850 to 1900.

“However, the main contributor to warming over the last 150 years is human influence on climate from increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.”

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