Data released today has shown that 2014 was officially the hottest year since records began in 1880.
Here are some of the figures that contributed to making it a record breaking year:
- 2014 had an annual-average temperature which was 0.69°C above the 20th century average of 13.9°C
- Last year's record breaking temperatures mark the 38th consecutive year that the yearly global temperature was considered above average
- Global average ocean temperatures also reached a record high in 2014 and were recorded as being 0.57°C above the 20th century average of 16.1°C
- The other top ten hottest years on record, in order from top to bottom, were 2010, 2005, 1998, 2013, 2003, 2002, 2006, 2009 and 2007
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