Meteorologists say 2020 on course to be hottest year since records began

Heat records have been broken from the Antarctic to Greenland since January, which has surprised many scientists because this is not an El Niño year, the phenomenon usually associated with high temperatures. The US agency said trends were closely tracking the current record of 2016, when temperatures soared early in the year due to an unusually intense El Niño and then came down. Gallery: The world's strangest weather phenomena and where to see them (Love Exploring)  A separate calculation by Gavin Schmidt, the director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, found a 60% chance this year will set a record. The daily maximum UK temperature for April so far is 3.1 C above average, with records set in Cornwall, Dyfed and Gwynedd. He said his online tracker showed a relatively conservative level of 1.14C of warming due to gaps in the data, but that this could rise to 1.17C or higher once the latest figures were incorporated. Although the pandemic has at least temporarily reduced the amount of new emissions, he said the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere remains a huge concern. But we have the unique chance now to reconsider our choices and use the corona crisis as a catalyst for more sustainable means of transport andenergy production (via incentives, taxes, carbon prices etc).” This was echoed by Grahame Madge, a climate spokesman for the Met Office: “A reliance and trust in science to inform action from governments and society to solve a global emergency are exactly the measures needed to seed in plans to solve the next crisis facing mankind: climate change.”