Warmest Year on Record 2023 | 10 Jan 2024

2023 emerges as the warmest year on record, surpassing the 2016 record, with significant implications for global climate patterns and extreme weather events.

  • 2023 was 1.48°C warmer than the average of the 1850-1900 pre-industrial level.
    • Approximately 50% of days were more than 1.5°C warmer than the same baseline.
  • Record temperatures in 2023 led to widespread heatwaves, floods, droughts, and wildfires.
  • The onset of El Niño in 2023 played a role in exacerbating temperature extremes.
    • El Niño is a natural weather phenomenon that warms the surface waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean, which contributes to higher global temperatures.

Read more: The 1.5°C Warming Target and Climate Projections