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Hottest January on record sees the world reach 1.7°C warming mark

The global average temperature in January 2024 was 1.7°C above pre-industrial levels for the month, meaning the planet has breached the 1.5°C benchmark for the past 12 months

The temperature records keep on coming

This January was the hottest on record, at 1.7°C above the pre-industrial average for the month, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service.

This means there has been a 12-month period in which the average global surface temperature was more than 1.5°C above the 1850 to 1900 average, the period taken as the pre-industrial reference point.

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