Warmest oceans on record could set off a year of extreme weather

US centre notes parts of Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans all hit record highs last month

The aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Harold's trail of destruction in Santo and Pentecost Islands in Vanuatu. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
The aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Harold's trail of destruction in Santo and Pentecost Islands in Vanuatu. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

NEW YORK • The world's seas are simmering, with record high temperatures spurring worry among forecasters that the global warming effect may generate a chaotic year of extreme weather ahead.

Parts of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans all hit the record books for warmth last month, according to the US National Centres for Environmental Information (NCEI).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2020, with the headline 'Warmest oceans on record could set off a year of extreme weather'. Subscribe