Exceptionally warm average annual temperatures expected to continue

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A new study shows that average annual temperatures will continue to be above normal. (NASA)

Katelyn Weisbrod | August 16, 2018

A study shows that the trend of warmer-than-normal average temperatures will continue for at least the next five years.

European scientists published the study in Nature Communications, which used several different climate models to understand the factors leading to warming and anticipate future warming. They found there is a 58 percent chance that Earth’s overall temperature will be unusually warm through 2022.

“What we found is that for the next five years or so, there is a high likelihood of an anomalously warm climate compared to anomalously cold,” said Florian Sevellec, a co-author of the study, to The Washington Post.

This would follow a warming trend seen this decade. The past four years are the four warmest years on record — 2016 topping out the list.

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