World experiences hottest six months on record

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Cooling down on a hot day in Omdurman, Sudan. Photo: World Bank/Arne Hoel

The first six months of 2015 were the hottest on record, both on land and in oceans, according to data gathered by the UN's World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The overall average temperature was 0.85 degrees Celsius above the average of 15.5 degrees recorded for the 20th century

Daniel Dickinson reports

Most of the world’s land areas were much warmer than the average in the first six months of the year. 

Those regions included nearly all of Eurasia, South America, Africa, and western North America.

All of Australia was also warmer than the average. 

June 2015 marked the third month this year that had broken its monthly temperature record, along with March and May. 

Clare Nullis from WMO said there is a direct relationship between climate change and higher temperatures.

"It's too early to say with one hundred per cent certainty that is due to climate change, but everything we've seen about this heatwave does conform to what we would expect from climate change scenarios. And the climate change scenarios are that heatwaves will become more frequent, they'll become more intense and they will last for longer."

In December, the international community is meeting in Paris, France where it's hoped a commitment will be made to keeping global temperature rises below 2 degrees Celsius.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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