We’ve known this is coming, but the latest annual report from NASA and NOAA has confirmed it: 2018 was the fourth-hottest year on record. The other four in the top 5 have all been in the last five years. And it’s set to get warmer.

2018, it is about to change, transgres quite a few records , nothing of them good.

Not content with being the fourth-hottest year since 1880, where reference is firstly became probable to collect reliable and consistent world-wide temperatures, in the US 2018 was the wettest year in 35 years and the third wettest since precipitation records began in 1895. The top three costliest environmental disasters globally were all in the US, determining it their fourth-costliest year ever, at $160 billion.

And of course, it’s predicted to get worse.

Australia has already broken its January temperature record, and with a possible El Nin o affair around the corner, 2019 is likely to follow this trend.

NASA and NOAA’s Annual Global Analysis for 2018 , released yesterday having been delayed by the government shutdown, is backed up by independent reports from the UK’s Met Office, the World Meteorological Organization, the Japanese Meteorological Agency, and the United Nation, so is pretty hard to argue against( though we are sure some “re going to try” ).

Though the authorities have child variances from time to year, all five temperature records picture peaks and valleys in sync with each other. All present rapid warming in the past few decades, and all show the past decade has been the warmest. NASA Earth Observatory/ Joshua Stevens

2018 follows 2016, 2015, and 2017 as the fourth-warmest year, with global temperatures 0.83 degC( 1.5 degF) warmer than the 1951 -1 980 interval planned. Not merely does this compile the last five years the warmest in the modern record, but nine of the 10 warmest years have passed since 2005, and 2018 is the 42 nd consecutive year that world-wide region and ocean temperatures are above the 20 th -century average.

Since 1880, the global face temperature have increased in 1degC( 2degF ), driven principally by emissions from greenhouse gases and CO 2 – something we know we can mitigate with international cooperation, as demonstrated by the hole in the ozone layer getting smaller.