The Organization's experts claim that the decade of 2011-2020 became the warmest one in the entire history of climate change surveillance - amidst the stable long-term tendency of the climate change. 2020 alone became one of the warmest years ever. Its only rival was 2016.
"The differences in average global temperatures among the three warmest years – 2016, 2019 and 2020 – are indistinguishably small. The average global temperature in 2020 was about 14.9°C, 1.2 (± 0.1) °C above the pre-industrial (1850-1900) level", reads the report.
The WMO quoted UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres who focused on the issues of climate change as one of the key challenges for the humanity. “The confirmation by the World Meteorological Organization that 2020 was one of the warmest years on record is yet another stark reminder of the relentless pace of climate change, which is destroying lives and livelihoods across our planet. Today, we are at 1.2 degrees of warming and already witnessing unprecedented weather extremes in every region and on every continent. We are headed for a catastrophic temperature rise of 3 to 5 degrees Celsius this century. Making peace with nature is the defining task of the 21st century. It must be the top priority for everyone, everywhere," he said.