2016 looks poised to be the warmest year on record globally, taking the record from 2015
which in turn snatched the previous record from 2014.
With data from just the first nine months, WMO scientists are almost certain that 2016 with temperatures 1.2C above pre-industrial levels and should remain high enough for the rest of the year to break last years record.
'Another year. Another record. The high temperatures we saw in 2015 are set to be beaten in 2016' said WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas.
The report also highlights that the amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere continued on its upward march in 2016, Arctic sea ice continued to melt in significant amounts, while the Greenland ice sheet displayed very early melting this year.
'Once in a generation heatwaves and flooding are becoming more regular. Sea level rise has increased exposure to storm surges associated with tropical cyclones' explained the WHO with a nod towards the next President of the US who is a self-confessed climate change sceptic and bizarrely calls it a Chinese conspiracy.
According to the WMO analysis, 16 of the 17 warmest years have been recorded this century.