Average global surface temperatures were 0.07 degrees Fahrenheit warmer in 2016 than 2015, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Earth's 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by two USA government agencies - the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA.
Using independent methods, NASA found that globally-averaged surface temperatures in 2016 were 0.99 degrees Celsius, or 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit, warmer than the mid-20th century average.
First and foremost, numbers show that 16 of the 17 warmest years ever recorded took place between 2001 and 2016. Eight out of 12 months in the past year have been the hottest since records began in 1880.
A NASA statement pointed out that 2016 was the third consecutive year to set a record for the hottest global surface temperatures. "It's really the trend, and the fact that we're punching at the ceiling every year now, that is the real indicator that we're undergoing big changes", Arndt said.
Especially worrisome is that carbon pollution has made the North Pole so warm that once-in-1,000-year heatwaves are becoming commonplace.
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The latest conclusions won't come as a much of a shock to observers, as the likely outcome was trailed heavily towards the end of previous year. "Climate change is real, it is caused by humans and it is serious".
The rising temperatures have also contributed to the melting of polar ice reserves, causing sea levels to rise - which, according to a recent study, could cause flooding that would affect 13.1 million people living along USA coastlines.
And while some members of the incoming Trump administration have called human-impacted climate change into question, the researchers were clear about one thing: this warming is on us.
2016 warmest year of NASA GISTEMP record. Thus 2016 was the third year in a row to experience such soaring temperatures.
We await word of what President-elect Donald Trump plans to do about that.
Most of the warming is due to greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide that trap heat in the atmosphere. And the top five hottest years-2016, 2015, 2014, 2010 and 2005-all happened in the current century.
The 2016 average global temperature was 58.69 degrees-0.07 degrees above the 2015 global average. In fact, temperatures and water levels will nearly certainly still be rising over the coming years, with scientists predicting that, at some point in the future, sea levels will rise 15-20 feet and wipe out a number of coastal cities.