Next Year Will Be The Hottest On Record, Met Office Warns

It will mean the three hottest years ever have happened in a row

Next year will be the hottest ever recorded, according to a long-range forecast from the UK Met Office.

If so, it will mean the three hottest years ever have occurred back to back - as this year already looks certain to beat temperature records set in 2014.

Climate change and the El Niño weather phenomenon are thought to be behind the searing temperatures.

The Met Office forecast shows the global average temperature next year will be 1.14 Centigrade above pre-industrial temperatures.

The Met Office says there is just a 5% chance next year will be cooler than this year.

Professor Adam Scaife, the Met Office’s head of long range forecasts, said, ‘This forecast suggests that by the end of 2016 we will have seen three record, or near-record years in a row for global temperatures.’

‘The vast majority of the warming is global warming, but the icing on the cake is the big El Niño event We expect the peak warming from El Niño in the 2016 figures.’