1996 was "eighth warmest" year

World climate survey finds global temperature 0.22 degrees above average

The year 1996 was the eighth warmest since 1860, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), which released its annual climate report today. The WMO says that 1996 was the eighteenth consecutive year with positive global temperature anomalies. Global mean surface temperature was 0.22 degrees centigrade above the 1961-1990 average, significantly less than the record of 0.38 degrees set in 1995. According to the WMO, other climate highlights of 1996 include very heavy rain in many parts of the world, above average hurricane activity and a high level of snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere. The WMO also reports that the Antarctic ozone hole was just as prominent as in recent years, and that ozone depletion over the Northern Hemisphere was "significant".

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