This year could be the hottest on record after a Siberian heatwave, forest fires and record Death Valley temperatures, according to new data. 2020 is on course to be at least the second hottest year ever – and could even pip 2016 as the warmest when all the data is analysed, leading climate agencies have forecast. Even if it is knocked into second spot, it will be more significant in climate change terms than 2016, when the heat was turbocharged by an el Nino ocean warming event. 2020 achieved its record-breaking temperatures despite being moderated by the cooling of a La Nina weather event – the opposite of el Nino.
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