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Record temperatures expected to continue to drive extreme weather

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🗞️ Driving the news: Despite a temporary cooling in the Pacific Ocean, record high global temperatures persist due to elevated greenhouse gas concentrations, with April marking the 11th consecutive month of unprecedented heat levels

🔭 The context: The global average temperature has reached a new high, with April recording 1.58°C above pre-industrial levels
• This highlighting a continuous trend influenced by both human activity and natural phenomena like El Niño

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This sustained increase in temperatures is intensifying extreme weather patterns globally, such as heatwaves, floods, and droughts, affecting diverse regions from Asia to South America

⏭️ What's next: Scientists predict that these conditions will persist, with rising temperatures due to greenhouse gases likely setting new records
• This is regardless of natural temperature variations

💬 One quote: "Despite El Niño weather patterns, the record-breaking trends we are witnessing are highly unexpected," (Sir David King, chair of the Climate Crisis Advisory Group)

📈 One stat: April's global average temperature was 0.67°C above the 1991-2020 average for the month

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