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2013 sixth hottest year, confirms long-term warming: UN

Published on Feb 5, 2014 6:53 PM

GENEVA (AFP) - Last year tied for the sixth hottest on record, confirming that Earth's climate is in the grip of long-term warming, the United Nation's weather agency said on Wednesday.

"The global temperature for the year 2013 is consistent with the long-term warming trend," World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) chief Michel Jarraud said in a statement.

Last year equalled 2007 as the sixth warmest year since reliable records began in 1850, with a global land and ocean surface temperature that was 0.5 deg C above the 1961-1990 average, the WMO said.

Temperatures in both years were also 0.03 deg C above the average from 2001-2010, which in turn was an extremely hot decade, with 2005 and 2010 topping the warming charts.

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