The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) revealed in a report published this morning that 2015 is en route to become the hottest year on record.
Based on data for the first 10 months of the year, "We feel very confident... that 2015 will be the warmest year on record," said WMO head Michel Jarraud.
The WMO said land and sea temperatures were likely to overtake those of 2014 as the highest since record-keeping began, according to AFP.
In a press release, Jarraud pointed out that 2015 has seen many records broken, but they are ones that are all "bad news for the planet":
"The state of the global climate in 2015 will make history as for a number of reasons. Levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached new highs and in the Northern hemisphere spring 2015 the three-month global average concentration of CO2 crossed the 400 parts per million barrier for the first time. 2015 is likely to be the hottest year on record, with ocean surface temperatures at the highest level since measurements began. It is probable that the 1°C [33.8°F] threshold will be crossed. This is all bad news for the planet."
Figures from January through October indicate that the global average surface temperature for 2015 is around 33.3 F above the 1961-1990 average of 57.2 F.
A full analysis of the contributing effects can be read HERE.