The year 2021 was the sixth hottest on record, according to NASA

Climate change is also causing more intense heat waves.


WASHINGTON – The past seven years were the warmest in data and 2021 sixth hottest on record, revealed this Thursday a report from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, for its acronym in English).

“The most important thing on the map is the last seven years, which really sticks out of the record,” Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said during the report’s presentation.

According to the same report, 2021 was the sixth warmest year since records began in 1880, surpassed by 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020.

The temperature of the Earth’s land and ocean surfaces during the past year was 0.84°C above the 20th century average, making 2021 the 45th consecutive year with temperatures above the average of the last century.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the average temperature was also the sixth highest on record, at 1.09°C above average.

Also, if only the land areas of the northern hemisphere are taken into account, the temperature of 2021 was the third highest, surpassed only by 2020 and 2016.

NASA also warned that the amount of stored heat andn Upper ocean levels, which can contribute to sea level rise, hit a record high in 2021, beating the 2020 record.

The agency noted that the average December temperature was 0.83°C above average, the fifth warmest December on record.

In South America it was the third warmest December.

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