Cape Town - The global average land and sea surface temperature for January to April was the hottest ever recorded for this three-month period.
And scientists say the 10 000-year-old Larsen glacier in the Antarctic is cracking up and may shatter and disappear by the end of the decade.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the US, which has recorded temperatures since 1880, said the record high for the months of January to April had surpassed the previous record of 1998.
This comes after world temperatures for December to February were the hottest ever recorded for those three months.
NOAA said this week the record temperature for January to April was 0.8ºC above the 20th-century average. The global average for this period over the world’s land surface was 1.48ºC hotter than the 20th-century average – surpassing the previous record of 2007 by 0.05ºC.